I'll also note that not once in JK's blog post does she reference an external source to support her views. She alludes to them, but never links.
This is a common transphobic attack to cast trans (and NB/intersex) rights in an absolutist light to make them seem absurd.
Here's a great thread with more detail for those interested:
Surely if this is an issue facing all cis women, age doesn't factor into it?
Instead, her publisher declared it a "middle aged moment".
If you want to learn what the vast majority of the Lesbian community think about trans people, I recommend following @BellaRizinti.
When trans people - and allies like myself - get so engaged in these issues, it's stats like this that drive it.
Imagine the impact on a young trans person to learn that someone they look to as an icon supports people who - loudly and publicly - call them mentally disturbed sexual deviants.
Abuse is not okay - but trans people are allowed to be angry at their oppression and to express that anger in non-abusive ways.
That could mean anything. Bathroom architects could claim that designation. And there's no evidence Rowling checked any of these claims.
How do I know this? Because:
a) if she could have, she'd have said so
b) her views are at odds with the vast majority of the medical profession in this area
Women and girl's rights are not being eroded. Trans rights are a threat to no one. It's both wrong and transphobic to imply otherwise.
If the mother believed that, it was transphobes who scared her into it. Trans people are the *very last people* who would ever want someone forced into a body of the wrong gender.
People should use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.
Trans women are no more a threat to cis women than other cis women. Here's some research to back that up:
Rejecting "cis" is another transphobic staple, which is why Rowling (a professional writer) doesn't use it. She's casting herself as a neutral in this - but adopting the language of her chosen side.
It is not in itself an identity (as transphobes often claim in another attempt to manufacture ambiguity to their advantage).
It implies something has changed.
(It hasn't. Trans people want what they always have - equal rights, dignity, and the ability to live their lives unmolested and unafraid.)
It glosses over the inherent contradictions she's about to introduce.
She doesn't detail how at all (because she can't - it's a ridiculous suggestion).
If this is familiar - it's the same tactics used by very many groups trying to justify the oppression of minorities.
Trans voices are the ones being silenced in this discussion - not those of billionaires.
The ideal would be zero. But the alternative is denying others lifesaving treatment (remember: >1/4 of trans people).
This is a *good thing*.
If Rowling had ever truly engaged with trans people, she'd know this.
Needless to say the claim that there is no data/studies on the effects of transition is just wrong - the Dhenje paper (above, 7g) is but one example.
The really disgusting thing here is how Rowling erases the entire trans experience by musing on how she could somehow herself have been transed.
But Rowling just casually drops it into the conversation as her personal, hypothetical experience.
But she (clearly) knows nothing of actual trans experiences.
This is exhausting & I've got *many* notifications - so thank you all who are sharing this thread.
I'm gonna keep going - but (because the longer this thread gets, the fewer will read on) I'm going to suggest a few trans people and allies you all should follow *now*.
Please do recommend any great trans rights accounts that I've omitted here. There are many trans voices who deserve a far greater platform than I - let's try and give them one.
I've also been informed (thanks @LouiseRidley) that some of the links are broken in the Stonewall fact sheet (in 5b) so if someone could find the correct ones and share them, I'd greatly appreciate it.
I can't find the 60-90% statistic (she doesn't cite sources), but it's also irrelevant. Those 60-90% of dysphoric teens still deserve help and support.
Just as racism is the responsibility of white people; transphobia is the responsibility of cis people.
Anger exists on both sides. The difference is, the anger of trans people is legitimate.
The problem is, attempts to exclude people from womanhood undermine that fight. Trans women experience misogyny too.
She even uses the term "re-educating" in place of "becoming properly informed".
I don't know what it is to be a woman. I never will. I also don't know what it is to be a man other than myself.
When someone tells you their identity, you have no basis for doubting them except prejudice.
This is a bigoted deception about what being trans means. If Rowling had ever engaged with the trans community in good faith, she would know this.
She also equates such inclusivity to having "slurs shouted by violent men", something so hateful I don't need to lay it out.
I've seen many such attacks since Rowling's tweets 3 days ago. She doesn't address this abuse at all.
"Trans-identified" implying that some external force did something to them. Just say "trans".
And "natal" which is another way of avoiding saying "cis", but which also tacitly implies trans people are unnatural.
They are not the slipperly-slope argument JK employs here to imply they grant cis men carte blanche to enter women's spaces.
Again, Rowling cites the abuse she received - which is awful - but makes no mention of the abuse she unleashed.
This was an account with 14.5 million followers, holding someone with 95 up for attack. That's just bullying.
Using that level of power imbalance to silence her critics only demonstrates that Rowling cares about the abuse she receives - but not that she inflicts (however indirectly) on others.
But I've never once needed to use those things to justify my support of the causes I believe in.
There's no logic to that statement. It's a retroactive justification for bigotry that pre-dated the abuse.
So I'm using my voice (and apparently my entire evening) to try and change that.
Thank you to all the people who have sent supportive DMs - I will try to answer all of you, but it might not be tonight.
And thank you to everyone who reached the end of this absurdly long thread. I apologise for my rambling and (likely) numerous typos.
Trans men are men.
Trans rights are human rights.
@jk_rowling - I implore you, you've been deceived but you don't need to deceive others in turn.
Love is the most powerful force, after all - not fear.
Again - if Rowling had engaged with any of the people she's writing about, she would already know this.