The author of Harry Potter books, J. K. Rowling, has become the target of threats from trans activists. The threats follow her concerns about transgender women, namely that their identity is not obvious at first glance. People threatened her with death on social media, the writer, who is otherwise known for her left-wing views, said. However, for some progressivists, Rowling is not revolutionary enough.
On Twitter, Rowling wrote that she was the victim of serious threats because of some of her comments.
“Hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, assassinate and bomb me,” the writer wrote in her post.
“I wish you a very nice pipebomb in mailbox,” @queerqegaard wrote to the author after she made several comments about the trans community in recent months.
The author of the Harry Potter books is known for criticism of transgender people. In particular, she criticizes some of the practices that she said are being abused. For example, she does not agree that men should be allowed to use women’s restrooms just because they say they are transgender. Rowling finds it dangerous to other women in public restrooms as, according to her, any man could enter the space on this ground. She addressed this issue in June on her blog.
“When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth,” the author wrote.
Before this article, Rowling wrote a post on Twitter that read: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people.”
Because of this tweet, she faced criticism from her fans as well as trans activists.
“Got to get back to my chapter now, but to all the people sending me beautiful, kind, funny, and supportive messages, thank you so much,” Rowling concluded the tweet, in which she drew attention to the threats sent by trans activists.
Title image: J. K. Rowling attends the world premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)