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The Constant Attacks on J.K. Rowling Must Stop

The slander of J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter, must end. She has a right to her viewpoint, and it's time to respect that.

After last week's U.K. court verdict in favor of Maya Forstater, a woman who lost her job for asserting that "men cannot transform into women" and "sex is a biological truth, and is unchangeable," I can say this with legal certainty. That decision cements our freedom to express our opinions.

Trolls on Twitter have been having a field day since Rowling first entered the Twitterstorm regarding the definition of a woman in June 2020.

"Menstruating people," she tweeted. "I'm sure there was a term for those guys. Please assist me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

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The slander of J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter, must end. J.K. Rowling attends the World Premiere of "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022 in London, England, with an insert of Harry Potter, starring Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson.

It appeared to some to be a savvy technique of defusing a delicate and explosive issue. Some of the more outspoken members of the transgender advocacy organization were enraged and went on the offensive. And, to paraphrase Boris Johnson, "the herd instinct is tremendous, and when the herd moves, it moves."

She had a line of kid stars waiting to cancel her. Daniel Radcliffe posted on Twitter: "Women, transgender or not, are women. Any declaration to the contrary obliterates transgender people's identities and dignity..."

Emma Watson stated: ""Trans individuals are who they say they are," said Rupert Grint, adding, "Trans women are women." Transgender males are men. We should all have the right to live in love and without judgment."

Rowling has never stated differently and categorically denies being transphobic. She has merely expressed her thoughts on what she considers a woman to be biologically.

However, that viewpoint has come at a cost. Warner Bros., which has earned a fortune on her great skill, first appeared hesitant to endorse her, issuing a statement stating, "Fostering a diverse and inclusive atmosphere has never been more vital to our company." That didn't seem like a glowing recommendation to me.

Fortunately, it appears to be reconsidering. Last month, Warner said it was "wholly wrong" to deny a journalist's inquiry about Rowling's absence from a Harry Potter celebration with the justification that she was "not important" or "related" to Warner. Who is relevant if she isn't?

Nobody is arguing that vital issues should not be debated or argued over. But it is not appropriate for a minority group—any minority group—to try to prevent its opponents from expressing their opinions, especially on such a hot issue as this. How about we utilize Harry Potter's own powerful spell to shield her from the threats and insults she has experienced merely for articulating what so many women believe?

Expelliarmus—Get out of here, you trolls!

Lulu Sinclair is a psychotherapist and a counsellor. The author's opinions are stated in this article.

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