On Sunday, Rowling posted a series of tweets addressing the apology from Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle over his remarks in response to her essay where she attempted to clarify her stance on transgender rights.
...were heartfelt and must have been hard to say. Whilst I may disagree with some of her analysis on trans rights, it was wrong of me to suggest that she used her own dreadful experience in anything other than good faith.— Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP🌹🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@lloyd_rm) June 28, 2020
I have asked Tribune to remove the line in question. 2/2
In one of her tweets, Rowling used a quote from feminist activist Andrea Dworkin, which King retweeted.
Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘Men often react to women’s words—speaking and writing—as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.’ It isn't hateful for women speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so. 8/9— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 28, 2020
"I've always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights," Rowling wrote in a tweet which has since been deleted. "It's so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won't ever forget the men who stood up when they didn't need to. Thank you, Stephen."
Since King was retweeting Rowling, who has previously faced backlash over her views which came across as transphobic, someone wanted to know where he stood on this issue. "Trans women are women," King responded.
Yes. Trans women are women.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 28, 2020
Rowling has recently been outspoken about her feelings towards trans women because the UK government was contemplating a reform to the Gender Recognition Act, which would allow people to self-identify as a man or a woman, instead of having to go through an arduous process that could take more than five years.
The Guardian reports UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to scrap this plan.
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