JK Rowling Faces Backlash For Transphobia (Again)

Not for the first time, the author of 'Harry Potter' has once again faced backlash for being transphobic.

JK Rowling is (once again) facing the accusation that she is a TERF -- or a trans-exclusionary radical feminist -- after publicly tweeting her support for British think tank researcher Maya Forstater who was fired following accusations of transphobia.

Forstater lost her job after tweeting her opinion that trans women are not women, with a judge ruling that her opinions were "absolutist" and "did not have the protected characteristic of philosophical belief".

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"It is a core component of her belief that she will refer to a person by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment," the judge's ruling continued. "The approach is not worthy of respect in a democratic society."

This is not the first time Rowling has been accused of being a TERF, though the quiet liking of other anti-trans work, and supporting other known TERFs online.



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In 2018, reps for Rowling had "accidentally" liked a tweet that referred to trans women as "men in dresses".

"I’m afraid J.K. Rowling had a clumsy and middle-aged moment and this is not the first time she has favourited by holding her phone incorrectly," the rep told PinkNews.

It's especially a shame that Rowling -- whose massive online following of over 14 million -- decided to target one of the most vulnerable minorities on Earth, but it is also not a surprise.

Rowling has also recently come under fire for supporting the continuous casting of Johnny Depp in her 'Fantastic Beasts' films much to the distress of many of her fans.

Rowling had previously been praised for her inclusion of one gay character in her series of seven books -- though Dumbledore's sexuality was never actually revealed in the books themselves, nor has it had any impact on the 'Fantastic Beasts' books which serve to explore the so-called queer relationship between two of the major characters.

She also tweeted a meme once saying "If Harry Potter taught us anything ti's that no one should live in a closet".

In her 2015 novel 'The Silkwork' -- which was published under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith -- Rowling was criticised for her depiction of a trans character.

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