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JK Rowling Comments on New Gender Identification Practices

December 13, 2021

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On Sunday, JK Rowling shared her thoughts on Twitter regarding the Scottish Police’s decision to “log rapes as being carried out by a woman if the accused person insists, even if they have not legally changed gender.”

What else is each side focusing on?

To people on the left…

  • Rowling is attacking people in marginalized communities. 
  • Rowling has a track record of making bigoted comments.

To people on the right…

  • Rowling is advocating for the victims of rape. 
  • Twitter is favoring comments who criticize Rowling over supportive comments.
The Narrative

To people on the left…

JK Rowling is not a feminist, but a bigot who often makes trasphobic, racist, homophobic, and anti-semitic comments. 

These constant attacks on marginalized communities are exhausting — she should stop commenting on these issues publicly. 

To people on the right…

People are upset because JK Rowling took a stance in support of rape victims instead of rapists, which is nothing short of absurd. Because Twitter favors critical comments, it looks like a much bigger controversy than it really is. 

Rowling shows a strong commitment to the community through her generous donations to children’s charities.

How could a reasonable person come to think this?

To people on the left,  transphobia is a major area of concern. The widespread violence against the trans community means we must take a strong stance in defending their rights.

To people on the right, the intense focus on trans rights clouds people’s judgement. Instead of promoting greater tolerance, this marginalizes other groups and favors trans people.

To people on the left…

  • Rowling is attacking people in marginalized communities. 
  • Rowling has a track record of making bigoted comments.

 

The Narrative:

JK Rowling is not a feminist, but a bigot who often makes trasphobic, racist, homophobic, and anti-semitic comments. 

These constant attacks on marginalized communities are exhausting — she should stop commenting on these issues publicly.

 

How could a reasonable person come to think that?

To people on the left,  transphobia is a major area of concern. The widespread violence against the trans community means we must take a strong stance in defending their rights.

To people on the right…

  • Rowling is advocating for the victims of rape. 
  • Twitter is favoring comments who criticize Rowling over supportive comments.
 
The Narrative:

People are upset because JK Rowling took a stance in support of rape victims instead of rapists, which is nothing short of absurd. Because Twitter favors critical comments, it looks like a much bigger controversy than it really is.

Rowling shows a strong commitment to the community through her generous donations to children’s charities.

 

How could a reasonable person come to think that?

To people on the right, the intense focus on trans rights clouds people’s judgement. Instead of promoting greater tolerance, this marginalizes other groups and favors trans people.

Both people on the left and right enter the conversation from the perspective of protecting marginalized groups.

People on the left’s main concern is protecting the rights of the trans community — it doesn’t help or hurt rape victims if their attacker has the right to self-identify their gender.

People on the right’s main focus is protecting the rights of rape victims — we shouldn’t be concerned about the gender identity of rapists, but instead focus on ensuring they cannot do more damage.

People on the left’s main concern is protecting the rights of the trans community — it doesn’t help or hurt rape victims if their attacker has the right to self-identify their gender.

People on the right’s main focus is protecting the rights of rape victims — we shouldn’t be concerned about the gender identity of rapists, but instead focus on ensuring they cannot do more damage.

Because our views on which group is in greater need of protection differ, we reach different conclusions of what Rowling’s statement means.

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