Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness succinctly shut down Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s vulgar tweet that called trans women rapists.
Yesterday, Rowling tweeted a link to a story that called police “absurd” for describing alleged rapists as “women” if they are trans women, even though trans women are, in fact, women.
The article wasn’t about any case in particular. It discussed a change in administrative practices in Scotland for future, potential cases involving suspects who are transgender women.
“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength,” Rowling tweeted sarcastically. “The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman.”
While Rowling hasn’t explained why exactly she believes this is important, readers understood her comments to mean either that she believes that women can’t be rapists or that transgender women are more likely to be rapists because of their gender identity.
And Van Ness wasn’t having it.
“The biggest threats of violence against women has always been cis gender men,” they wrote. “Not trans women, unless Jk’s constant transphobic cherry picked vitriol convinces you otherwise.”
“But as trans women are assaulted, deprived of work, killed, and raped JK is safe in her mansion.”
The biggest threats of violence against women has always been cis gender men. Not trans women, unless Jk’s constant transphobic cherry picked vitriol convinces you otherwise. But as trans women are assaulted, deprived of work, killed, and raped JK is safe in her mansion. https://t.co/4OJXX96gOC
— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) December 13, 2021
According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects, 47 percent of transgender people will experience sexual violence in their lifetimes.