Transnegation/JKR

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Bestselling author J.K. Rowling has become infamous for her support of anti-trans beliefs and misrepresentations generally following the TERF philosophy, which of course have been strongly supported by those aligned to such beliefs. The hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling has become a dogwhistle for transmisia on Twitter and elsewhere.

It is somewhat ironic that an author whose books were unreasonably reviled by fundamentalists in the early 2000s has become herself an exponent of gender essentialism, a form of gender fundamentalism.

It also seems worth noting here that the pen-name JKR uses for mystery fiction, "Robert Galbraith", has a large overlap with the name of Robert Galbraith Heath, an early advocate of gay conversion therapy and the now-discredited idea that all mental illness derives from biological defects and is therefore treatable by physical means.

Anti-trans Claims

  • "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." 2020-06-06 18:02
    • falsely implies that trans people are denying the existence of sex straw man
      • "I am a trans woman who knows hundreds of trans people and who is very active in the community, and I’ve never heard any trans person or expert say or imply otherwise even once. Trans people are often more keenly aware of sex characteristics than anyone else, having often spent their whole lives dealing with the dysphoria that their various sex characteristics cause them, and seeing how other people react to them. I, and almost every trans person I’ve talked to, have had to teach the doctors and nurses who aren’t experts how our biology works just to get basic healthcare. Often one of the main things that trans people want for the world is a better understanding of trans bodies and of biology." -- Katy Montgomery
    • falsely implies a dichotomy between trans rights and biological reality false dichotomy

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