This is getting very, very tiresome and very, very harmful.
The Harry Potter writer has now sparked a new wave of fury after her latest comments disparaging the transgender community.
She turned to Twitter on Sunday (July 05, 2020) to reiterate how she thinks “we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people.”
Her latest series of tweets were in response to some social media users pointing out that she had liked a tweet that suggested that people on “mental health medication” were “lazy,” thereby escalating the entire fiasco.
“I’ve ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I’ve ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I’ve ignored death and rape threats. I’m not going to ignore this,” she wrote in response to the claims.
“When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line,” she said.
The key line there is “what I believe about mental health medication.” J.K. Rowling, the last I checked, you are not a medical doctor and are not a psychologist or psychiatrist, so stand the fuck down.
She did not stop there. She went on.
“I’ve written and spoken about my own mental health challenges, which include OCD, depression and anxiety. I did so recently in my essay ‘TERF Wars.’ I’ve taken antidepressants in the past and they helped me,” she added.
“Many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests.”
“Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalization that may result in the loss of their fertility,” she went on to say.
“As I’ve said many times, transition may be the answer for some. For others, it won’t—witness the accounts of detransitioners. The long-term health risks of cross-sex hormones have been now been tracked over a lengthy period. These side-effects are often minimized or denied by trans activists.”
“None of that may trouble you or disturb your belief in your own righteousness. But if so, I can’t pretend I care much about your bad opinion of me,” she said signing off.
Here is the entire J.K. Rowling Twitter thread:
Responding to Rowling’s tweet, transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf tweeted, “J.K. Rowling is not a scientist. She is not a doctor. She is not an expert on gender. She is not a supporter of our community.”
“She is a billionaire, cisgender, heterosexual, white woman who has decided that she knows what is best for us and our bodies. This is not her fight.”
Jen Richards, a transgender writer, actress, and producer, summarized Rowling’s argument as “garden variety anti-trans bigotry” that distracted from the Black Lives Matter movement “at the very moment” it “has taken the global center stage.”