Recently, JK Rowling stood up against an overly aggressive group of trans-activists. The beef started after Rowlings liked a few Twitter posts deemed insensitive to those who identify as Transgender. But the cancel mob went absolutely bonkers when she did not apologize. The trigger moment happened when Rowling’s made fun of the phrase, “people who menstruate.”
With attacks unceasing, she has published a stunning essay on her website. In the essay, she defends her actions with five arguments that put her attackers to shame. Here below are excerpts from her stunning defense against her over zealous opposition.
1. Rowling wants to protect her charitable trusts.
I have a charitable trust that focuses on alleviating social deprivation in Scotland, with a particular emphasis on women and children. Among other things, my trust supports projects for female prisoners and for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. I also fund medical research into MS, a disease that behaves very differently in men and women. It’s been clear to me for a while that the new trans activism is having (or is likely to have, if all its demands are met) a significant impact on many of the causes I support, because it’s pushing to erode the legal definition of sex and replace it with gender.
2. Education and Facts are Important.
I’m an ex-teacher and the founder of a children’s charity, which gives me an interest in both education and safeguarding. Like many others, I have deep concerns about the effect the trans rights movement is having on both.
3. Free speech is Important
As a much-banned author, I’m interested in freedom of speech and have publicly defended it, even unto Donald Trump.
4. Rowling is concerned about the rise of transition surgeries.
I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility. Some say they decided to transition after realising they were same-sex attracted, and that transitioning was partly driven by homophobia, either in society or in their families.
5. Rowling knew it was necessary to speak against the current trends in trans activism.
But endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it. I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who’re standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who’re reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces. Polls show those women are in the vast majority, and exclude only those privileged or lucky enough never to have come up against male violence or sexual assault, and who’ve never troubled to educate themselves on how prevalent it is.
Bravo to JK Rowling and her willingness to stand up for those forced into silence. As extremist trans-activists are attempt to dominate the public conversation, Rowling holds no punches with her heart felt rebuttal.