JK Rowling, the world’s first billionaire author who rose to icon status for creating the Harry Potter franchise, is the latest victim of the woke mob. She’s currently facing extreme scrutiny and backlash for daring to take to Twitter to say that biological sex is real. She’s being accused of transphobia for stating that despite her support and love for trans people, we should not erase the concept of biological sex for the sake of people’s feelings.
Advocacy groups like GLAAD swooped in with a fury to label her thoughts as cruel and hateful. Blue checkmark liberals all throughout Twitter rushed to their keyboards to condemn the author.
Ironically, it’s largely a brigade of non-trans people who are offended on the behalf of trans people rather than trans people being outraged. As a trans woman who knows exactly what transphobia feels and looks like, I closely analyzed every word of Rowling’s Twitter rant and could not find a shred of hatred. Biological sex is a scientific reality, and erasing it actually invalidates the existence of trans people. If I was not born biologically male, why would I have transitioned in the first place? Medical transition hinges on the fact that the trans individual is unhappy with their biological sex and seeks to alter the aspects of it that science can alter. I tweeted the following in response to the irrational hate mob against Rowling:
The overwhelming majority of trans people I have met recognize the reality of biological sex (that’s kind of the entire point…). It’s the hyper-woke white knights that claim to fight for trans people while simultaneously making us look like science-deniers that take issue with Rowling’s take. I understand where Rowling is coming from. While she appears to wholeheartedly support trans people and stands against discrimination that they face, she refuses to pretend that her life and experiences have not been shaped by her own sex, which is female. To empathize with that position requires an ability to understand nuance, which most people on Twitter don’t seem to possess, but it’s true.
As a trans woman, there are many parallels in my lived experience and issues I may face that mirror biological women, but I will not deny that there are also differences. I do not understand the struggle of growing up as a biological female, entering puberty, dealing with menstruation, pregnancy, or any of the other realities that biological females exclusively experience. That’s simply a fact, and stating it is not hateful or bigoted. I do not feel invalidated by acknowledging the differences between trans women and biological women because I am secure within myself and my life. Sorry, not sorry.
This isn’t the first time Rowling has been accused of being anti-trans. You can watch a recap of my thoughts about a previous controversy she found herself in involving the trans community here: