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J.K Rowling and the “Gender Critical” Movement

J.K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, just came forward about her “gender critical” views in an essay. She posted it to her website on June 10, and it got a huge response from Harry Potter fans everywhere.

Her New Essay

The essay, titled “J.K Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues” is a whopping 3,600 words long. It details her history with “gender issues” and in it, she tries to justify her dislike of “new trans activism.”

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“When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside,” she said. “That is the simple truth.”

She explains that the rising number of female to male transitions is concerning because it’s becoming trendy. She even says she might’ve transitioned if there’d been a “realistic possibility of becoming a man” when she was young. Instead, she says, she got through her “mental health issues” using “books and music.”

Rowling also attacks the trans rights movement: “I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.”

Her Critics

Both fans of Harry Potter and the movie series’ stars have come out against Rowlings’ beliefs. Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry in the movies, has been one of her biggest critics. He wrote an essay about it for The Trevor Project when she began tweeting about the issue last year.

Harry Potter movie screencap
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“Transgender women are women,” he said. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

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Annie Burba is a sophomore at New York University studying journalism and psychology. She spends her spare time reading, scrolling through TikTok, and trying not to kill her plants.
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