J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, provided further context to her criticisms of transgender ideology and staunch opposition to women being forced out of their careers for expressing their opinions on the matter.
Following a few tweets Saturday noting that biological sex is real, and that believing as much and saying so does not amount to hate for transgender-identifying people, the famous writer posted an approximately 4000-word essay on her website detailing her reasons for her views.
Rowling explained that her life has been shaped by being female, and that her interest in the subject pre-dates when she voiced support online for Maya Forstater, a tax researcher who was ousted from her job for what were deemed ‘transphobic.’ Forstater had merely stated that transgender-identified males would never be women.
When Rowling “liked” a tweet that online transactivists saw as bigoted, she was subjected to social media harassment; such harassment continued and intensified when she followed the now-deceased lesbian feminist YouTube star Magdalen Berns, she explained. Rowling was told that with her words she was “literally killing trans people.” She decided to speak up for several reasons, among them the rising numbers young people who underwent a hormonal and surgical transition and now wish they never had.
“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,” Rowling said.
“Most people probably aren’t aware – I certainly wasn’t, until I started researching this issue properly – that ten years ago, the majority of people wanting to transition to the opposite sex were male. That ratio has now reversed. The U.K. has experienced a 4400% increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment. Autistic girls are hugely overrepresented in their numbers. The same phenomenon has been seen in the U.S.”
Rowling also shared personal history of her discomfort with her body when growing up, feeling “mentally sexless” she felt.
“As I didn’t have a realistic possibility of becoming a man back in the 1980s, it had to be books and music that got me through both my mental health issues and the sexualised scrutiny and judgment that sets so many girls to war against their bodies in their teens,” she said.
“Fortunately for me, I found my own sense of otherness, and my ambivalence about being a woman, reflected in the work of female writers and musicians who reassured me that, in spite of everything a sexist world tries to throw at the female-bodied, it’s fine not to feel pink, frilly and compliant inside your own head; it’s OK to feel confused, dark, both sexual and non-sexual, unsure of what or who you are.”
The author went on to express concern for the current explosion of transgender activism in the United Kingdom.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter