British author JK Rowling (56) is again under fire for her transphobic comments. Just like last year, it concerns a tweet with which she insults the transgender community.
JK Rowling’s new tweet is in response to an article in The Times. In it, it was about how the police in Scotland now ask for their gender identity from rape suspects and no longer rely on sex at birth. As a result, a suspect will be able to indicate what his, her, or their gender identity is and the police will take this into account. Whether they have also legally changed their gender is irrelevant.
Rowling responded to the article with a quote from ‘1984’ by George Orwell: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. The penised individual who raped you is a woman.”
Several people responded that Rowling again claims that trans women are criminals and out to sexually abuse cis women. She had done so in the past when she claimed that trans women claim to be women so that they can access women’s toilets and harass cis women there.
It’s not the first time Rowling has come under fire for her tweets. In 2020, she tweeted that “people who menstruate are women”. The author quickly received comments about her excluding trans women with that statement, while also incorrectly labeling trans men as women. But that was not a mistake, but a conscious choice.
After the first tweet, the Harry Potter author sent out several more tweets to defend her position. It turned out that she does not recognize trans women and trans men as women and men, respectively. According to her, your gender is completely determined by your sex at birth. According to her, trans men will always be women, and trans women will always be men.