People are angry at a woman for defending a renowned female author’s view on women because her opinions are allegedly harmful to men who want to be women.
The author in question is J.K. Rowling, creator of the blockbuster Harry Potter series, and her new accomplice is Pamela Paul, an author and editor at the New York Times.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased,” Rowling tweeted in June of 2020. “I know and love many trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
Nonetheless, Rowling became the target of violent, public vitriol, reporting hundreds of threats to “beat, rape, assassinate and bomb me.”
In her editorial “In Defense of J.K. Rowling,” Paul argues that Rowling’s has actually shown great compassion for transgender individuals, even if Rowling also argues that certain spaces should be biological women only – particularly spaces like women’s shelters where physical and psychological safety is paramount.
“But nothing Rowling has said qualifies as transphobic,” writes Paul. “There is no evidence that she is putting trans people ‘in danger,’ as has been claimed, nor is she denying their right to exist.”
In reality, Rowling is advocating for half the people who have ever existed – biological women – particularly those who have been or are at risk of being sexual or domestic abused, which Rowling herself has experienced.
In January, she retweeted multiple stories of biological males who identified as transgender being transferred to female prisons – only to rape female inmates, blaming Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s then-First Minister for the events.
'Sturgeon’s opponents are wholly entitled to scream “We told you so”. Because they did and then they were treated as though they must be bigots. And so, here we are. What a disgrace it all is.' ✍️@alexmassiehttps://t.co/WoYthMoJfv
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2023
Rowling also retweeted a story of Amanda Benson, a former female prisoner who was incarcerated with two men – one convicted of murder and the other of domestic abuse.
Female ex-prisoner in Scotland describes the daily reality of being forced to share shower areas and cells with trans women convicted of domestic abuse and murder. This is the very definition of cruel and degrading punishment.https://t.co/4CZXbrYfgh
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 29, 2023
Benson accused Sturgeon of “serving up women to predators on a rainbow platter.”
But the reality of sex apparently has no value for some in the LGBT movement.
Medical science confirms that men and women are different, not only in the matter of their reproductive systems but even down to their brain anatomy. Our very cells themselves are sexed, stamped with either XX or XY chromosomes.
So when LGBT activists claim, “Trans women are women,” it’s hard to figure out exactly what they mean.
Many of the cast members of Harry Potter films having been asked about Rowling’s comments, and while some distance themselves from Rowling, many have also harshly criticized the media for its treatment of the famed author.
“It’s horrendous, a load of bollocks. I think she has been hounded,” said Helena Bonham Carter, who played the sadistic Bellatrix Lestrange. “It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgemental-ism of people. She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse. Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain.”
The late Robbie Coltrane, who played the beloved Hagrid, added his two pence in 2020.
“I don’t think what she said was offensive, really,” he said. “I don’t know why, but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended.”
“I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her,” said Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed Voldemort. “I find the level of hatred that people express about views that differ from theirs, and the violence of language toward others, disturbing.”
In an upcoming audio documentary, The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling, the author will discuss the controversies surrounding her. But it seems unlikely that anything less than total self-immolation and denialism will satisfy the progressive ideologues.