'JK Rowling is wrong – a woman CAN have a penis' says Stella Creasy

‘JK Rowling is wrong – a woman CAN have a penis’ says Labour’s Stella Creasy as she recalls being threatened with gang rape when she was a student

  • Stella Creasy said women can have penises when asked how to define the word 
  • While recognising it exists, the MP said the issue does not stop at biological sex
  • Labour’s Creasy said she has been called ‘a bad feminist’ for her views on trans 

Labour MP Stella Creasy has said a woman can have a penis and that author JK Rowling is wrong as she recalled being threatened with gang rape at university.

The MP for Walthamstow said she has been told she is a ‘bad feminist’ for disagreeing with the world-renowned Harry Potter author who has voiced concerns that biological women were being put at risk in favour of trans rights.

In an interview with the Telegraph to discuss her revelation this month that she had been threatened with gang rape at university, the mother-of-two shared her views on how the word woman should be defined.

She told the newspaper: ‘Do I think some women were born with penises? Yes. But they are now women and I respect that.’

Ms Creasy said she disagrees with the Harry Potter author, adding: ‘JK Rowling doesn’t support self-identification whereas I do. Of course biological sex is real – it’s just not the end of the conversation.

‘I am somebody who would say that a trans woman is an adult human female.’

Ms Creasy went on to describe the current laws which require two doctors to decide whether someone is a woman as ‘bonkers’.

Labour MP Stella Creasy (pictured above) has said a woman can have a penis and that author JK Rowling is wrong as she recalled being threatened with gang rape at Cambridge University

She added: ‘Do I want to live in a world where we’re policing everyone who goes into a toilet? No.

‘Do I recognise that there are very real concerns about refuges and safe spaces? Yes. Do I think we’ve got it about right with the Equalities Act? Yeah, more or less.’

Earlier this month, the Labour MP revealed she was threatened with gang rape during a two-year campaign of sexual harassment at Cambridge University.

The Walthamstow MP said college authorities ‘admonished’ her instead of punishing the abusers when she made the complaint after running for a student council role at Magdalene College in the 1990s.

She said a culture of ‘privilege and entitlement’ is behind the string of allegations of misconduct that politicians have been sharing, and warned it is not unique to Parliament.

Ms Creasy, now 45, said she remains ‘terrified’ of seeing the men, who have gone on to become doctors, civil servants and ‘high-fliers’.

Pictured: Harry Potter author JK Rowling has voiced concerns that biological women were being put at risk in favour of trans rights and regularly tweets about the trans debate online

The MP said her first experience of sexual harassment was during her first year at Magdalene College.

She said it lasted from 1996 to 1998 and included a campaign of abusive posters when she ran for the role of president of the college’s student council.

Ms Creasy told GB News: ‘I’ll never forget the night that I was in a room with them all and they threatened to gang rape me, let alone the posters that they put up around the college when I had the temerity to stand for a position in the student union, telling people not to vote for me because of who I’d slept with, and that happened at a Cambridge college.’

She said sexual harassment remains a major issue in universities, adding: ‘I tell you that because I think that culture isn’t unique to Parliament, where there’s privilege and entitlement, and, frankly, it’s always the men that people think are least likely to do it who are involved in it.’

In the interview with broadcaster and former Labour MP Gloria De Piero, Ms Creasy said she was reprimanded by college authorities rather than them taking action against the individuals involved.

‘I was held up and I was admonished by the college authorities at the time because they chose to believe the idea that I was probably ‘a wronged woman’,’ Ms Creasy said.

The MP said her first experience of sexual harassment was at Magdalene College, Cambridge

‘I’m in my mid-40s now and it’s the first time I’ve really felt even willing to talk about it.

‘It was terrifying at the time, I’m terrified I’ll ever run into those young men again.

‘And I say that because, several years after I left university, I did exactly that – I walked into a bar and they were all sat there, and I collapsed inside and left as soon as I could.’

Ms Creasy, a prominent campaigner for women’s rights including fighting for maternity leave for MPs, who entered the Commons in 2010, has said the abuse will always affect her.

‘But one of the things I want to say to women who have experienced those things in life and to the women in Parliament now, is that you will find allies, you will find those of us prepared to stand with you because we know what it’s like, we know how hard it is and we know the impact it can have on you,’ she added.

Cambridge University apologised to Ms Creasy for her ‘horrific ordeal’, and was expected to be in contact with the MP personally.

It comes after Attorney General Suella Braverman praised JK Rowling for her views on the transgender issue as she says schools should not have to pander to pupils who see themselves in a different birth gender. 

The Tory minister said the Harry Potter author was a ‘heroine’ for campaigning for female only spaces for those born women and added that schools should be able to treat all children by their birth gender.

Attorney General Suella Braverman (above) praised JK Rowling for her views on the trans issue

She said schools should not address trans pupils by their chosen pronouns or permit them to wear a school uniform of a different gender. 

And she added that since those aged under 18 cannot legally change their gender, schools are entitled to treat all children by their birth gender.

The Attorney General also told The Times that Rowling, who has come under fierce criticism for her views on gender, is ‘very brave, very courageous’ and she is on ‘her side’ on the trans issue.

Her support for the Harry Potter author comes in the wake of the news that an 18-year-old girl was forced out of her private school by a mob who attacked her for questioning  the ‘trans ideology’ of a visiting speaker.

The sixth form pupil in question thanked JK Rowling for her support after other pupils ‘made me think I was mad’.

The Most Rev Justin Welby also lent Rowling his support in the Times and said it was ‘wrong’ to hound the Harry Potter author. 

He added: ‘It’s fine to disagree vehemently but not abusively . . . The culture wars approach is where we end up in the greatest trouble.’ 

Mr Welby said a female is ‘someone who is sexually a woman, who is born and identifies as a woman or who has transitioned’. 

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