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JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter, again accused of transphobia


New escapade for the bestselling author JK Rowling, who cracked a tweet deemed transphobic by many Internet users, concerning the Scottish police’s new policy on rape and sexual assault.

The police have indeed indicated that they would record acts of rape or sexual assault as committed by a woman if the suspect, regardless of his biological sex, “identifies with a woman”. A decision which made jump many feminist activists, underlines the Daily Mail, who affirm that it could “distort” the statistics on the rapes.

JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter saga, therefore reacted to the controversy on Twitter: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. The individual with a penis who raped you is a woman, ”she wrote on the social network, making a reference to George Orwell’s novel“ 1984 ”, where the ruling regime reverses the truths for better control. the people.

Statements considered transphobic by many Internet users, and in particular by the American author of children’s novels Shannon Hale, who replied to JK Rowling: “Transgender women are women. These women are much, much, much more likely to be victims of assault than to be the perpetrators. Let’s stop bigotry, let’s judge individuals on the basis of their actions alone. ”

As the American media Insider points out, the actor of the Netflix series “Queer Eye”, Jonathan Van Ness, also denounced the words of the British author: “The greatest threats of violence against women have always been men. cisgender. Not trans women, unless JK’s constant transphobic vitriol can convince you otherwise. But as trans women are assaulted, denied work, killed and raped, JK is safe in his mansion. ”

JK Rowling is indeed regularly pinned for comments considered transphobic. Tensions are constant between the author and transgender activists, so much so that the writer claims to have been the target of threats and elimination from them.

As the Dailymail recalls, this decision by the Scottish police was taken to correspond to the reform of the Gender Recognition Act, a law on gender recognition, which the Scottish Independence Party (SNP) wishes to modify to allow trans people to be recognized. their new kind much more easily, in particular by eliminating the medical examinations.