We have to talk about Jo

Do you feel JK Rowling has basically ruined everything she ever created with her anti-Trans ranting? Well, she would like you to know that she has reasons. Here she is trying to give some context for her TERF-enabling, biological essentialist stance on Trans rights: sexual and physical trauma is the main point. Terrible. I get it. I get that trauma can make you suspicious of others, and can take you to dark places in your head. And I’m not even sure how to best comment on it, except to say I think that she handles it all so poorly. The supposed difference between us and animals is that we can work to rise above acting on baser impulses, regardless of how difficult that may sometimes be, including both what’s supposedly bred in the bone and what’s learned. Further, I don’t really see her dealing with the pain this has caused to people who have admired her for years, along with the wider societal damage caused by trying to legitimize anti-Trans ideologies, except in saying: what about poor me? In the end, as with other justifications for bad behaviour and the abuse of others that we see from writers (from upbringing to social status/expectations to mental illness), it’s really only an explanation, not an excuse. I had the shit knocked out of me every day as a kid, but do I hate angry mothers and 12-year-olds named Danny? (Note: only linking to news stories and not her statement because I don’t want to give her the tiny slice of traffic.)

JK Rowling has revealed her experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault for the first time, in a lengthy and highly personal essay written in response to criticism of her public comments on transgender issues.

In a 3,600-word statement published on her website on Wednesday, Rowling described in more detail than ever how she became involved in an increasingly bitter and polarised debate around the concept of gender identity.

The author revealed she was “a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor”, citing this alongside her belief in freedom of speech and experience as a teacher as reasons behind her position.

“I’m mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces,” she wrote.

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