J.Ok. Rowling has all the time been a political writer. The Harry Potter books have a staunch anti-authoritarian bent and a number of other allusions to precise historic occasions. The political themes within the Harry Potter collection obtained a number of reward once they have been first revealed.
However, in recent times, Rowling has been broadly criticized for her views on transgender individuals. She just lately revealed an essay on her web site defending herself from accusations of bigotry.
The tweets that began the controversy
Vox experiences Rowling garnered controversy for her views on transgender individuals in 2018 when she favored a tweet calling trans girls “men in dresses.” Rowling stated she solely favored the tweet by chance. The controversy solely escalated when Rowling introduced her assist for feminist Maya Forstater on Twitter.
According to The Guardian, Forstater was a researcher at a assume tank referred to as the Centre for Global Development. Forstater claimed “men cannot change into women.” Forstater’s contract with the Centre for Global Development was not renewed after her feedback.
J.Ok. Rowling’s controversial new essay
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Rowling’s helps for Forstater angered many followers. Many of them have been shocked that Rowling, an writer who beforehand expressed liberal political opinions, would defend somebody with Forstater’s views. After that, Rowling left social media for a while, solely to reignite controversy for implying solely girls can menstruate. Rowling responded to criticism of her by posting an essay on her web site in regards to the controversy surrounding her opinions of gender id.
Rowling wrote “I knew completely nicely what was going to occur once I supported Maya. I should have been on my fourth or fifth cancellation by then. I anticipated the threats of violence, to be advised I used to be actually killing trans individuals with my hate, to be referred to as c*nt and b*tch and, after all, for my books to be burned, though one notably abusive man advised me he’d composted them.”
She continued “What I didn’t expect in the aftermath of my cancellation was the avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive. They came from a cross-section of kind, empathetic and intelligent people, some of them working in fields dealing with gender dysphoria and trans people…” Rowling additionally expressed issues over cancel tradition and limits on free speech.
J.Ok. Rowling opens up about her personal gender id
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In addition, Rowling stated she as soon as felt ambivalent about being a girl. She stated she “might have tried to transition” had she been born thirty years later and had entry to the trendy tradition of the web. However, she finally embraced herself as a girl who wasn’t curious about sure historically female issues moderately as a substitute of figuring out as a person.
Rowling’s essay was met with fan opposition. Many Harry Potter followers proceed to decry Rowling as a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist). Time will inform how Rowling’s views will form coming generations’ perceptions of her as an writer.
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