New York Times Opinion Piece Defends JK Rowling And Her Fight To Protect Female-Only Spaces, Leaving Trans Activists Furious

"Harry Potter" author JK Rowling has taken a strong stand in the last couple years to protect spaces that are reserved for biological women. She has been labeled a transphobe, has received death threats, and has even been doxxed. A New York Times opinion piece defends Rowling, leaving many trans activists furious.

By Gina Florio2 min read
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Just last month, world-renowned author JK Rowling spoke out yet again against the idea of a violent male rapist being sent to a women's prison because he suddenly identifies as a trans woman. She bashed Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politician serving as First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party, who refused to remove a man named Adam Graham from an all-female prison after he was charged with raping two women. He conveniently "transitioned" in 2020 after he was found guilty; he donned a blonde wig that partly covered his face tattoo. Shortly after, various headlines referred to him as a trans woman who was guilty of raping women with "her penis."

This is one of many times that Rowling has stood up against the radical trans agenda, refusing to accept the idea that a man can simply change his gender in order to infiltrate spaces that were once reserved only for biological women. Rowling is a classical liberal who has always been a feminist, but now she has been labeled as a transphobe.

New York Times Opinion Piece Defends JK Rowling and Her Fight to Protect Female-Only Spaces, Leaving Trans Activists Furious

On February 16, the New York Times published an opinion piece called "In Defense of JK Rowling," which started with a series of quotes from Rowling:

"Trans people need and deserve protection.”

“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them.”

“I believe the majority of trans-identified people not only pose zero threat to others but are vulnerable.”

Anyone who has ever watched Rowling closely knows that she has generally supported the trans movement and particularly trans individuals. She once said she feels "nothing but empathy and solidarity with trans women who've been abused by men." However, Rowling is now widely being accused of transphobia, which has resulted in a number of violent threats (including death threats that were named credible by law enforcement), people showing up to her home to threaten her children, and being doxxed publicly online. Because she has defended feminist scholars who speak out against gender theory, especially when it is weaponized in convenient situations where a man wants to enter an all-female locker room, sports team, or prison, and supported detransitioners, Rowling has been declared public enemy number one by trans activists and their "allies." So naturally, they were deeply upset when the NYT opinion piece was published.

The writer, Pamela Paul, says "nothing Rowling has said qualifies as transphobic." She doesn't even argue that gender dysphoria doesn't exist. She simply wants women to be protected in spaces that have historically been created for women, and she claims that a "self-declared gender identity" is not enough to determine a person's legal gender status.

A new podcast called "The Witch Trials of JK Rowling" is an audio documentary by Megan Phelps-Roper that explores the controversies around Rowling and the trans movement. Phelps-Roper spent several hours interviewing Rowling, as well as critics of Rowling, journalists, historians, clinicians, and more. The podcast explores the question of why Rowling would speak up so loudly on this issue, especially when you consider how easy and comfortable her life would have been if she had simply stayed quiet. Rowling was loved by all, she was even considered a beloved ally of the LGBT community at one point.

“The pushback is often, ‘You are wealthy. You can afford security. You haven’t been silenced.’ All true. But I think that misses the point," Rowling says in the podcast. "The attempt to intimidate and silence me is meant to serve as a warning to other women." It doesn't seem like Rowling will be slowing down anytime soon. Even though she has been attacked and threatened, she stands strong in her conviction that women deserve their own spaces, especially for protection against violent male rapists who suddenly transition so they can be tossed into a women's prison.

"The Witch Trials of JK Rowling" premieres on February 21.