International News Jul 5, 2020 3:26 PM EST

J.K. Rowling fires back at critics with new Twitter thread on mental illness

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter early Sunday morning to fire back at people who have berated her on a number of sensitive topics, including allegations that she made light of mental illness.

J.K. Rowling fires back at critics with new Twitter thread on mental illness
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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter early Sunday morning to fire back at people who have berated her on a number of sensitive topics, including allegations that she made light of mental illness.

Rowling tweeted: "I've ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I've ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I've ignored death and rape threats. I'm not going to ignore this."

This backlash against Rowling comes with her position that biological sex is the mechanism that determines if someone is a male or female, as opposed to the school of thought that sex is determined by someone's decision of what they want or feel.

Rowling's opinions caused her to be "canceled" for transphobia.

This time around, her detractors have accused her of making light of mental illness.

Rowling continued by tweeting: "When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line."

Rowling continued by saying that she has struggled with mental illness herself, including "OCD, depression, and anxiety."

She went on to make the point that many health professional are concerned that young people who are struggling with mental health issues may be pressured into taking hormones and having surgery that may not be in their best interest.

Rowling said: "Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalisation that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function."

A piece from a doctor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University has described the off-label use of puberty blockers on minors to be an "unregulated live experiment on children."

Puberty blockers for gender dysphoric individuals are touted as a reasonable solution to the emotional and physical discomfort that comes with the condition, but it has yet to be seen what all the different kinds of long-term effects puberty-blockers may have on young people as they mature.

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