Despite all the vulgar language and comments thrown her way, author J.K. Rowling refuses to back down from her beliefs about how the transgender agenda damages women and women’s rights.
Rowling supports much of the LGBT agenda. She even identified Harry Potter character Dumbledore as gay after she had officially ended the series. But she’s publicly drawn a line when it comes to aspects of the transgender agenda, more specifically, she continues to believe that there are two distinct sexes.
Earlier this week, she made a comment on Twitter about how only women have menstrual cycles, which drew the ire of transgender activists (covered earlier this week by The Daily Citizen). In response to the criticism she received, some of which was rather vulgar, Rowling doubled down and provided a longer explanation on her website.
It begins, “This isn’t an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it’s time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity. I write this without any desire to add to that toxicity.”
In the lengthy piece, Rowling gives five reasons as to why she feels so passionately about this issue, including discussing her own experience with sexual assault and domestic violence for the first time, but the fourth one raises a critical question.
“The fourth is where things start to get truly personal. I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that they have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility.”
“Most people probably aren’t aware – I certainly wasn’t, until I started researching this issue properly – that ten years ago, the majority of people wanting to transition to the opposite sex were male. That ratio has now reversed. The U.K. has experienced a 4400% increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment. Autistic girls are hugely overrepresented in their numbers.”
In response to this growing crisis of transitioning girls, the U.K. has updated its National Health Service (NHS) standards regarding puberty blockers for minors, particularly on the long-term effects of using the drugs.
Rowling continues, “The writings of young trans men [biological women who live as men] reveal a group of notably sensitive and clever people. The more of their accounts of gender dysphoria I’ve read, with their insightful descriptions of anxiety, dissociation, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, the more I’ve wondered whether, if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition. The allure of escaping womanhood would have been huge…If I’d found community and sympathy online that I couldn’t find in my immediate environment, I believe I could have been persuaded to turn myself into the son my father had openly said he’d have preferred.”
For any parent, this paragraph is enlightening and disturbing. How many young women have been pushed to transition not because they necessarily wanted to or always felt like a boy, but because they didn’t feel like they could or wanted to fully embrace being a woman? As a society, are we doing enough to teach girls how to embrace womanhood? Or is transitioning for those that feel like they don’t fit the mold becoming the answer? Does the eagerness to embrace the transgender movement mean that other clinical and medical options are ignored in favor of “transitioning” as a magical fix?
Those are questions that should be answered, and it’s great to see someone who leans more towards the liberal end of the political spectrum bringing this issue to the public’s attention.
Despite Rowling’s reasoned response, she will continue to face aggressive criticism from the trans activists to the former child stars made famous and rich by her series, but it doesn’t seem like that will stop her. The lives and futures of young women and women’s rights in general are at stake.