I’ve read two postings by JK Rowling in the past few days. One is the ongoing story of The Ickabog. A fairy tale about a vain, blond king who has advisors who lie to him to keep him happy and assuage his vanity. The lies are benign - until they are not.
The injustices pile up as the story moves on. It’s all very entertaining and well-told. Thank you, JK Rowling.
The second thing I read by JK Rowling, horrified me. It’s an essay explaining why she is against trans rights? Or why she re-tweets anti-trans thinkers? Or why she proudly wears the label “TERF” (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist)? It wasn’t clear what she was trying to do exactly.
The whole essay was a muddled, fear-based mess.
how much the vitriol from Twitter hurt her.
how she hated being a girl/woman at times because her father wanted a boy
how she is afraid that children are being brainwashed into thinking that their temporary dissatisfaction with their body is going to result in a permanent disfigurement if they transition. (Not her exact words)
how she is afraid that woman’s rights are being eroded because? (Not clear on that)
how she is afraid men are passing as women so they can enter woman-only spaces and assault women.
how she was assaulted by her first husband and all of this triggered her.
I get that vitriol from Twitter is hurtful and people should not tweet death threats and profanity. The rest of it? Tired arguments and the same sort of fears people had when gay rights and acceptance were in the spotlight.
What was really disappointing was that she wrote without any consideration of her readers who are trans or who identify as gender fluid, etc. . . These kids/adults are hurting to see someone lump them in the scary/triggering category. Even worse – her platform is huge and she is misinforming so many people.
Since JKR didn’t provide any links or citations, I’ll provide one. The Trevor Project (that Dan Radcliffe mentioned in his tweet). https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/trevor-support-center/a-guide-to-being-an-ally-to-transgender-and-nonbinary-youth/
I can’t say that I understand all the terminology and biology of this, but I will keep trying to understand. I remember when Cher’s child transitioned and Cher confessed she didn’t understand and made a lot of mistakes, but at the end of the day she loved her child.
I think every person deserves that sort of acceptance and love. I’m just sorry that famous people feel the need to go out their way to hurt the most vulnerable in society.