Harry Potter is an autistic person
"Harry Potter" author speaks about experiences of sexual violence in the transgender dispute
Outside of her lively literary activity, Joanne K. Rowling regularly appears in the British media in three ways. First, the creator and boss of the "Harry Potter" universe is one of the richest people in the country, the Sunday Times recently put her fortune at 795 million pounds (887 million euros). Second, she has been using her fortune for various political and charitable purposes for years: She made generous donations to the Labor Party and supported the Unionist side in the Scottish independence referendum. She set up a foundation for female prisoners and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and invests millions in research into multiple sclerosis, a central nervous system disease from which her mother once died.
Third, the 54-year-old has recently been at the forefront of the transgender debate, which is being fought out with bitter severity on the island as elsewhere. Other left-liberal writers have burned their fingers on the sensitive issue. Novelist Ian McEwan ironically spoke of shoppers in a "supermarket of personal identities", citing as an example "men with a penis" who now feel like women and want admission to women's colleges or changing rooms for women.
Sex crime survivor
Rowling claims to have researched the subject more thoroughly. In a long essay published on her website on Wednesday, she not only describes her years of preoccupation with transsexuals, their discrimination and the prevailing discourse. The author also reveals her own dismay: as a young woman, she survived a sexual crime and suffered domestic and sexual violence in her first marriage.
Above all, however, Rowling says that she herself developed doubts about her gender in her youth: "I think I could have been persuaded to make myself the son my father always openly called his preference."
Do such ideas make Rowling a "Terf", a transphobic radical feminist (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), whom she has had to accept for months in a hateful campaign that was triggered by her support for a like-minded person? In any case, the malaise of a generation of emancipated and successful adults comes to light about the increasing number of young women who are "succumbing to the lure of an escape from being a woman," as the author writes.
In fact, Great Britain has seen a reversal of the desire for sex reassignment within ten years: While the majority of these were men in the past, it is now mostly young women - their number has increased by 4,400 percent, "and autistic girls are far over-represented," says Rowling.
"Books should be burned"
Rowling has already anticipated the reaction of the transgender community to the essay by publishing an excerpt from the insults and threats on social networks: The "Harry Potter" author is transphobic, her books should be composted or even burned. The writer will take it. She directs a provocative wish to British organizations and institutions: They should "really grow a couple" - an allusion to the cojones that an admirer once said to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (Sebastian Borger from London, June 11th, 2020)
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