An avalanche of hatred fell on the 54-year-old writer, Joan Rowling, after her public statements on the danger of replacing biological sex with gender. In response to the negative, she published an essay on her site explaining in detail why the ubiquitous transactivism causes her concern. Rowling cited five reasons, and the last of them turned out to be very personal – the author of the Harry Potter books first talked about the sexual abuse and cruelty of her first husband, experienced over the past 20 years.
For over twenty years, my life has passed in front of the public, but I have never said publicly that I was the victim of domestic violence and sexual abuse. She was silent not because of the shame it had all happened to me, but because the memories hurt her. I also feel responsible for my daughter, who is also concerned about part of this story. I recently asked for her advice and she supported my decision to speak in public. With some difficulties, I managed to survive my first cruel marriage, but now I am married to a very good person. However, the scars left by violence and sexual violence do not disappear. My constant nervousness is a family joke, ”wrote Joan.
Rowling’s first husband was a Portuguese journalist, Georges Arantes, who had drug problems. They married in October 1992 and separated 13 months later, and three months before the breakup, Joan first became a mother. In 2000, Arantish admitted that he hit Joan when she finally left him with a baby in his arms. In December 2001, Rowling married anesthesiologist Neil Michael Murray, with whom he still lives as a couple. They had a son, David, and a daughter, Mackenzie.
Joan Rowling and Neil Murray
In his essay, the writer stressed that she wanted transgender people to live in security, but also that other women and girls should not be deprived of protection and security. When you open the doors of toilets and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels that he is a woman, you open the door to all men who want to enter. It’s a simple truth, ”she explained.
Rowling admitted she was concerned about Scottish government’s legislative initiatives regarding transgender people, and the recent social media assault caused by Joan’s statements about sex became a trigger that made her remember about 20 years ago of sexual violence. She did not begin to describe the details of this story.
Overwhelmed by the ruthless attacks of transactivists on social networks, I spent most of the day in heavy thoughts, while the memories of sexual violence that I experienced at twenty years soared. I reacted to the humiliating words spoken to women. I talked about the importance of gender and I always pay for it. I was charged with transphobia, called the last words, demanded to fight and kill. A man called me Voldemort. A large number of women are rightly afraid of transactivists. I know this because I have heard many stories firsthand. They fear job loss, bullying and violence, ”added Joan.
Rowling explained that she mentioned her past in the essay because everyone on our planet has a difficult experience that creates fears, interests and opinions. I never forget this inner complexity when I create a fictional character, and I certainly never forget it when it comes to transgender people. All I ask is that such sympathy, such understanding extends to millions of women whose only crime is that they want their opinions to be heard, without threats or insults, “concluded Joan in an essay.
Based on materials: www.spletnik.ru