Rowling Reveals Sexual Assault as She Explains Trans Comments

'Harry Potter' author delves into her own history with sexual assault, abuse
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2020 1:42 AM CDT
Updated Jun 11, 2020 6:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – JK Rowling published a nearly 4,000-word essay on her website Wednesday explaining her controversial stance on transgender people. In it, she discusses the domestic abuse she experienced in her first marriage and reveals a sexual assault she survived in her twenties, all to illustrate why it's so important to her that women be allowed "single-sex spaces"—without being labeled bigots if they don't want trans women allowed into those spaces. "When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman ... then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth." The essay lists a number of other reasons Rowling is concerned about trans activism—a concern that has garnered her much criticism for a while now (see here and here). More, including some less-than-impressed reactions:

  • The theme of many responses to Rowling's essay? She's "doubling" or even "tripling" down on her already controversial stance on trans rights. BuzzFeed's headline: "JK Rowling Followed Up Her Anti-Trans Tweets With A Full Anti-Trans Essay." The site rounds up quite a few horrified tweets on the subject.

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