Author J.K. Rowling claims that a Scottish bill that would allow transgender people to self-identify will harm female survivors of intimate violence.
The famously transphobic writer took to Twitter to object to the Gender Recognition Reform Bill, upholding the false flag that allowing transgender women access to women’s-only spaces will increase cisgender women’s risk of assault.
“The law Nicola Sturgeon is trying to pass in Scotland will harm the most vulnerable women in society — those seeking help after male violence/rape and incarcerated women,” Rowling said. “Statistics show that imprisoned women are already far more likely to have been previously abused.”
Multiple women’s groups have presented well-sourced evidence to @NicolaSturgeon’s government about the likely negative consequences of this legislation for women and girls, especially the most vulnerable. All has been ignored. If the legislation is passed 1/2
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 7, 2022
Scottish Social Justice Minister Sona Robison told members of parliament the bill was needed to protect the civil rights of transgender people, and pushed back against the predation narrative. Under current Scottish law, transgender people are required to submit a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to a UK gender recognition panel. The proposed reform would remove those barriers and lower the age to 16. It would still require applicants to swear their intent to permanently change their legal gender and go through a three-month waiting period.
“All of the evidence tells us that the cause of violence against women and girls is predatory and abusive men, not trans people,” Robison testified. “We must not conflate the two. There is no evidence that predatory and abusive men have ever had to pretend to be anything else to carry out abusive and predatory behaviour.”
Rowling objected to this assertion, echoing concerns raised in an article by journalist and sexual assault survivor Susan Dalgety.
“The most searing, heartfelt and courageous response yet to Shona Robison’s astounding claim in the Scottish parliament that there is no evidence sexual predators ‘have ever had to pretend to be anything else’. Susan, as a fellow survivor, I salute you.”
The most searing, heartfelt and courageous response yet to @ShonaRobison's astounding claim in the Scottish parliament that there is no evidence sexual predators 'have ever had to pretend to be anything else'. Susan, as a fellow survivor, I salute you. https://t.co/zHmNj29S0b
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 5, 2022
While there is no evidence to support the claims that transgender women (or cisgender men posing as women) are assaulting women in restrooms or shelters, the data does suggest that transgender women may actually be “the most vulnerable women.”
According to the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey, nearly half (47%) of U.S. transgender people have been sexually assaulted, and more than half (54%) have experienced domestic violence. Many reported experiencing discrimination when trying to access a domestic violence shelter or program or rape crisis center.
Transgender people who were incarcerated in the year prior to the survey were Respondents five to six times more likely than the general incarcerated population to be sexually assaulted by staff, and nine to ten times more likely to be sexually assaulted by another inmate.
Rowling’s continued transphobic antics have led many Harry Potter fans to distance themselves from her, including the sport of quidditch.
I always find it odd when transphobes like JK Rowling do the whole “you can’t even say the word woman anymore” routine, when transphobes are the only people actually trying to stop a certain group of women from having the ability to describe themselves as women. https://t.co/OZ4za4prnH
— Mark Grimshaw (@MarkGComedyUK) March 8, 2022
The author has issued diatribes about transgender people, come out in support of conversion therapy for trans people, and claimed that almost everyone agrees with her, even as famous people that she has worked with condemned her words. She also published a book about a man who wears dresses in order to kill women.
Rowling’s anti-transgender views have even held sway in U.S. politics, with Republicans citing her to attack LGBTQ rights.