J.K. Rowling is defending herself against the overwhelming backlash to her seemingly anti-trans tweets.
“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,” Rowling wrote in her essay. “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.”
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling tweeted. Many people were quick to respond, calling the author transphobic and labelling her a TERF, or a Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist.
In her essay, Rowling also reveals she is passionate about this issue because of her personal experience as a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor.
“I’m mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces,” she wrote.
“When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth.”
She ended the essay with a final plea, writing, “All I’m asking – all I want – is for similar empathy, similar understanding, to be extended to the many millions of women whose sole crime is wanting their concerns to be heard without receiving threats and abuse.” ~Brie Davis
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Celebrities such as Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Radcliffe are speaking out against J.K. Rowling’s tweets regarding transgender. Click to read the statements.