After days of being bashed for her transphobic tweets by her followers and celebrities, which includes former Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne, etc, JK Rowling has penned an open letter wherein she addressed the “toxicity” around her comments, her worries about the “new trans activism”, and came out as a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor.
In her lengthy letter, where she further shared her views on gender, Rowling called out people labeling her as a “TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) while defending herself as an advocate and campaigner for women’s and children’s rights who is worried about the “new trans activism”.
“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,” she wrote.
Rowling went on to explain that her beliefs and opinion stems from the very fact that she is a “domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor”. And even though she has moved on in life, “the scars left by violence and sexual assault don’t disappear, no matter how loved you are, and no matter how much money you’ve made.”
And that’s why she feels “empathy and solidarity with trans women who’ve been abused by men”
“Trans people need and deserve protection. Like women, they’re most likely to be killed by sexual partners. Trans women who work in the sex industry, particularly trans women of colour, are at particular risk,” JK Rowling wrote in her open letter.
But at the same time, she does not “want to make natal girls and women less safe”. She cited multiple references to research done by a number of psychiatrists and physicians as well as first hand accounts of women who feel “terrified by the trans activists” that back her claims of the new trans activism movement doing more harm than good.
“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 added.
And even though she has been “paying the price” for speaking out about the importance of sex, she refuses to relent. “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,” JK Rowling wrote.