J. K. Rowling, best known as the author of the Harry Potter book series, has once again garnered attention for her contentious viewpoints about the transgender rights movement.
In a recent episode of the podcast The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling, she referred to the movement as “dangerous” and insisted that it needs to be opposed.
Dangerous and Must Be Opposed
On the show, Rowling admitted she attempted to comprehend the perspectives of transgender activists, but she finally came to the realization that the movement was harboring something “dangerous.”
She remarked the only thing she could say was that she had given it a great deal of in-depth, laborious, and extensive thinking.
“I can only say that I’ve thought about it deeply and hard and long and I’ve listened, I promise, to the other side. I believe absolutely that there is something dangerous about this movement and it must be challenged.” – J.K. Rowling. pic.twitter.com/Ay86Hnf78f
— Written by J.K. Rowling (@rowlingmore) March 14, 2023
In addition, she has considered the opposing viewpoint. Rowling is sure of the opinion that this movement must be opposed because it is engaging in some sort of activity that might have negative consequences.
In the past, Rowling has been criticized for her viewpoints on many matters pertaining to transgender people.
She tweeted in the summer of 2020 that the transgender ideology might lead to the eradication of femininity as we know it by rejecting the fundamental biological processes that distinguish women from males.
Rowling said if sexuality is an illusion, there can be no attraction between people of the same sex.
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.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
If sexuality is an illusion, then the lived experiences of women all across the world are rendered meaningless.
Although Rowling knows and loves trans individuals, she believes eliminating the idea of sex will prevent many people from having meaningful conversations about their lives.
Speaking the truth is not the same as being hateful.
Rowling’s comment prompted an outcry on social media, with many condemning her for transphobia.
Some Harry Potter actors, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, as well as Eddie Redmayne, have openly expressed their support for the trans movement, while others, like Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane, have backed Rowling.
Rowling wrote an essay detailing her struggles as a victim of sexual assault and domestic abuse in reaction to the criticism. She stated the notion of males transforming into women annihilates femininity altogether.
Women must recognize and acknowledge that there is a tangible distinction between trans women and themselves. Yet, as many women before her have stated, “woman” is not a costume. “Woman” does not exist in a man’s mind.
Rowling also addressed individuals who accuse her of compromising the morals advocated in her works during the most recent podcast session.
Rowling noted that she firmly stands by the positions she expressed in the Harry Potter series. The present form of the trans activist movement is a reflection of the same thing she cautioned against in her books.
She stated she is combating what she perceives to be a powerful, insidious sexist movement that has acquired tremendous traction in highly prominent sectors of society. She does not view this specific movement as innocuous or weak.