I am a trained teacher and children’s author who has been subject to openly hostile tweets from a cohort of authors regarding my motivation for writing a body positive picture book ‘My Body is Me.’
Amongst other names, I have been called hateful, likened to an Islamaphobe, and my suitability as a visiting author in schools has been publicly called into question.
This name calling has been extremely distressing. I have had periods where I haven’t slept or eaten a meal for several days, and have been constantly crying and battled suicidal thoughts. This distress is exacerbated by my autism and natural social anxiety.
I no longer attend social publishing industry functions for fear of being shunned and I haven’t been able to focus on any sustained writing project for over a year from when this first began.
I feel I have no option but to exit my career as a writer once my forthcoming books have been released.
*This is the book used to justify the hounding of Rachel Rooney: My Body is Me! A rhyming tale for children aged 3-6 years, its’ message is that there is nothing wrong with children’s bodies. “I am my body / My Body is me / It’s a wonderful thing / I’m sure you’ll agree.” As this runs contrary to gender identity ideologues’ ‘born in the wrong body’ belief, they consider that the author must be berated and ostracised for it.