JK Rowling has been forced to stand up for herself again after transgender activists issued dozens of verbal threats online toward the writer for defending women in an era when transgender ideology reigns. Recently a Twitter user said he wished her a "very nice pipebomb in mailbox," the Harry Potter creator responded with sarcasm.
"To be fair, when you can't get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there's really only one place to go."
When another Twitter user asked if these comments were aimed at silencing Rowling due to her previous outspoken stance about the growing transgender movement in the UK and the safety risk it poses to women, she replied, "Yes, but now hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, assassinate and bomb me I've realised that this movement poses no risk to women whatsoever."
In 2020, Rowling became a surprising advocate for women when she articulated her concerns with the growing transgender movement in a controversial, nearly-4,000 word essay published last summer called "TERF Wars." This Twitter user has catalogued just some of the threats Rowling has received since then.
In the essay, which was nominated for the BBC's annual Russell Prize, Rowling said while she supported trans people, she believed in innate sex differences, and that men who transition to women could lead to real harm for biological girls and women, particularly those who are in a vulnerable state—for example, in a women's shelter.
"I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. 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," Rowling wrote in the essay.
Even Rowing predicted the vitriol that has come—and continues to come—her way. In her essay last year she wrote, "I expected the threats of violence, to be told I was literally killing trans people with my hate, to be called cunt and bitch and, of course, for my books to be burned, although one particularly abusive man told me he'd composted them."
For her honest and accurate description of the transgender movement, Rowling received intense criticism. Transgender advocates and others labeled her "transphobic." Despite ongoing messages of hate, Rowling has never once backed down in her defense that girls and women still deserve equality, safety, and privacy.
In her essay she said, "We're living through the most misogynistic period I've experienced... Everywhere, women are being told to shut up and sit down, or else." This statement was true last year and unfortunately, has continued to be true as the world-renowned writer continues to be blasted for orthodox beliefs.