Renowned author J.K. Rowling is an avowed leftist who has also become a fierce critic of transgender activism.
The “Harry Potter” author recently shared an article on social media that discussed a girl who was run out of her private school for questioning trans teachings and suggesting that there were only two biological sexes.
“Utterly shameful,” Rowling tweeted this week in response to a U.K. Times article about the incident.
“Add this to the tottering pile of evidence that people in education and academia who’re supposed to have a duty of care towards the young have succumbed to an outbreak of quasi-religious fanaticism. The girl’s crime? Saying ‘sex exists.’”
Utterly shameful. Add this to the tottering pile of evidence that people in education and academia who're supposed to have a duty of care towards the young have succumbed to an outbreak of quasi-religious fanaticism. The girl's crime? Saying 'sex exists.'https://t.co/r33RlN4Xtx
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 17, 2022
According to The Times, the 18-year-old student told the publication, “The language (the speaker) was using was implying critical theory took precedence over biological reality in defining women. When I questioned that, she said it wasn’t an issue of semantics. She said trans people don’t have basic human rights in this country. Afterwards, I spoke to her and said I’m sorry if I came across as rude.”
The report said that while some students voiced support of their peer initially, they later changed their mind and called her transphobic. The student left the school in September after being told she’d be stuck working in the school’s library if she shared any more controversial opinions.
Rowling has been dubbed a “TERF” by leftists, which stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.” While she espouses most ideals set forth by Hollywood and the media, the best-selling author has been extremely critical of the push for trans acceptance across the board, especially the notion that none of the new rules can be questioned.
In 2020, she tweeted, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
A follow-up tweet continued, “The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women – ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is a nonsense.”
Many of Rowling’s peers, including the stars of the popular “Harry Potter” franchise, have distanced themselves from her and publicly denounced these types of statements.