J.K. Rowling‘s problematic attitude around transgender women continues, and other authors are standing up against her!
It all started on Sunday when Stephen King retweeted a message sent out by the Harry Potter author, which read:
“Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘Men often react to women’s words—speaking and writing—as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.’ It isn’t hateful for women speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so.”
Later on Sunday, Rowling tweeted out words of praise for the novelist:
“I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights. It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.”
A fan asked King bluntly where he stood on the matter:
“You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.”
King simply replied:
“Yes. Trans women are women.”
Shortly after the interaction between the IT novelist and the commenter, Rowling deleted her words of praise for the 72-year-old.
This comes weeks after the mother of three faced harsh backlash over her tweets about transgender women, with many accusing her of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). She tweeted on June 6:
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
Days later, she released a lengthy blog post in an attempt to clarify her earlier words, though the damage had been done. In part, J.K. wrote:
“The more of their accounts of gender dysphoria I’ve read, with their insightful descriptions of anxiety, dissociation, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, the more I’ve wondered whether, if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition. The allure of escaping womanhood would have been huge. I struggled with severe OCD as a teenager. If I’d found community and sympathy online that I couldn’t find in my immediate environment, I believe I could have been persuaded to turn myself into the son my father had openly said he’d have preferred.”
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