J.K. Rowling, the bestselling author of the “Harry Potter” series, says the “contradictions” of the modern-day sexual revolution drive her “crazy.”
Speaking out on such a topic, though, can be significantly detrimental to one’s livelihood. But Rowling sees herself as untouchable, in a way, and that’s why she voices her concerns about transgenderism.
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The 57-year-old novelist, who has argued sex is unchangeable, recently told Substack writer Suzanne Moore she speaks out because she is in “a phenomenally privileged position,” referring to the fame and wealth she has accumulated over the years, insulating her from any significant damage.
“It’s going to have to be, me, isn’t it?” Rowling remembered thinking. “Because I will always be able to feed my kids, even if everyone boycotts my books for the rest of my life. That is a phenomenally privileged position to be in. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on earth.”
She continued, “All of us know, who’ve been in the eye of the storm, that attempts are still made to stop you. And what’s so interesting is the main thrust of that attempt to silence is to put you into a state of fear.”
Rowling, though, isn’t backing away. She explained it’s important for people in her position “who can afford to take the hit” to “stand up,” even if it can come “at a cost.”
“The only time I’ve ever made reference to being canceled,” she admitted, “my book sales went up.”
The famed author faced intense uproar after tweeted in June 2020, “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.”
Elsewhere in her conversation with Moore, Rowling reiterated she has no “fear of or hatred towards” anyone who identifies as transgender.
“But if you’re going to say it’s ‘hate’ not to believe in a gendered soul, then we cannot have a discussion,” the author explained. “We can’t. There’s nowhere to go. The tactic has been no debate, but it is changing.”
So starting the conversation is, in Rowling’s view, nearly impossible, because so many are “so convinced of their moral superiority” on the issue of transgenderism.
“The contradictions drive me crazy,” she said. “We’re simultaneously told gender is innate and inborn, and that it’s a choice, a performance. All of these things cannot be true. If it’s a choice, then clearly it’s not innate.”
“Harry Potter” star Helena Bonham Carter recently defended the British-born writer, condemning the attacks against her as “horrendous” and “a load of bullocks.”
“I think she has been hounded,” Bonham Carter said in an interview with The Times. “It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse.”
“You have to respect where people come from and their pain,” the actor added. “You don’t all have to agree on everything — that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.”
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