Piers Morgan clashes with guest over JK Rowling’s new book
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JK Rowling took to Twitter today to speak out on her terrifying experience as three activists marked Trans Day of Remembrance by sharing an image holding placards at the author’s home, in which her address was visible. The Harry Potter author says she has now received so many death threats she “could paper the house with them”.
While sharing the news with her Twitter followers, she thanked Police Scotland and the Twitter support team for their help in deleting the images.
The writer added that she sympathised with “women like Allison Bailey, Raquel Sanchez, Marion Miller, Rosie Duffield, Joanna Cherry, Julie Bindel, Rosa Freedman, Kathleen Stock and many, many others, including women who have no public profile” who have been doxed in the past by trans rights activists.
Rowling has received intense criticism from the transgender community for her views on gender and sex.
She said: “Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible.
“I want to say a massive thank you to everybody who reported the image to @TwitterSupport. Your kindness and decency made all the difference to my family and me.
“I’d also like to thank @PoliceScotland for their support and assistance in this matter.
“I implore those people who retweeted the image with the address still visible, even if they did so in condemnation of these people’s actions, to delete it.
“Over the last few years, I’ve watched, appalled, as women like Allison Bailey, Raquel Sanchez, Marion Miller, Rosie Duffield, Joanna Cherry, Julie Bindel, Rosa Freedman, Kathleen Stock and many, many others, including women who have no public profile but who’ve contacted me to relate their experiences, have been subject to campaigns of intimidation which range from being hounded on social media, the targeting of their employers, all the way up to doxing and direct threats of violence, including rape.
“None of these women are protected in the way I am. They and their families have been put into a state of fear and distress for no other reason than that they refuse to uncritically accept that the socio-political concept of gender identity should replace that of sex.”
Rowling then named the Twitter accounts belonging to the activists that shared her address and ended her post with “I have to assume… thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights.
“They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out.
“Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women, is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”
The author received criticism from the LGBTQ+ community last year after retweeting a piece that discussed “people who menstruate”.
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Seemingly taking issue with the fact the story did not include the term women, the author wrote: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
After backlash to the post, Rowling elaborated in further detail on her thoughts on the trans community.
She explained: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.
“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
After the comments, Harry Potter cast members spoke out against the author.
Daniel Radcliffe released a statement through The Trevor Project where he stressed that “transgender women are women”.
He wrote: “While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honoured to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment. Transgender women are women.”
However, unlike some of her Harry Potter co-stars, Miriam Margoyles hasn’t criticised the writer’s views: “I was asked to make a public statement and I didn’t want to
“I just thought I’ve made enough public statements,” she added to Radio Times.
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