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JK Rowling’s TERF War Gets a Kick in the… Science

JK Rowling broke out medical science to defend her controversial stance on trans women. Responding to twitter attacks—which included people falsely attributing anti-mental health quotes to Rowling—the author posted a series of tweets with links to articles that show her opinions are shared by some medical professionals.

9 thoughts on “JK Rowling’s TERF War Gets a Kick in the… Science

  • July 13, 2020 at 7:37 am

    JK Rowling is a TERF

  • July 14, 2020 at 9:07 am

    While I agree with JK, and the other part of the medical community, you brought up some interesting points in a very interesting & engaging article.

  • July 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you for raising awareness for the intersex and trans communities. I don’t know if there is an actual link with the two, but your article is making me think there is one.

    I never heard of a lot of this stuff but I have a friend who is Trans. He transitioned at
    35 after 2 suicide attempts and depression that started when he was a teenager. He has talked about how he hates that he doesn’t have enough money to afford top surgery, but that it’s easier for him to be left alone by people since he is ftm.

    People seem to only really hate on mtf trans people but he still has struggles. Trans people just want to be accepted for who they are.

    JK Rowling really does need to mind her own business.

  • July 15, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Thank you, this is well written and much needed.

    The only thing I would suggest is look into some of the other biolgic/genetic studies of transgenderism happening, because brain structure is not the only thing worth quoting and can fairly easily be targeted as a weakness. I particularly like the genetic versus fraternal twin studies — even if it happens in utero, there is a significant correlaton between identical twins and being transgendered.

    Anyway, thank you again. As a mom of a lovely daughter, I hate that the world scorns her and hates her and has no idea what we know — that we alway had a daughter, we just didn’t always recognize it.

    • July 15, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      Hey JustMe,
      Thank you so much for replying. So I 100% agree with you that exploring the twin and other genetic studies would have been beneficial to the article. There is a lot of information that I wanted to include. Everything in this article is grossly oversimplified and I hope experts in neurobiology, psychology, and genetic research will come together and write a detailed book exploring the topic.

      The identical twin studies are fascinating and there are multiple different endocrine-linked pathways being examined for potential roles that they may play in transgenderism and at what stage they play they may contribute (natal vs neonatal). But until there is a gene or set of genes identified, I feel that this information would have been the straw man of the article, especially for anyone to doesn’t understand the ongoing processes of genetic research. Saying there’s a 20-50% link in XYZ is not the same as “Here are the BRCA genes” or “this is the gene that causes ALS.”

      That said, previous drafts of this article did include this information as well as the links, but it got way long because I felt I had to explain the science behind the results. When you write longer blog entries on complex issues like this, you have to be mindful of reader exhaustion and making sure it can be understood by the general public. My focus was to give the average person examples of the many visible physical variations that can occur in sexual differentiation to directly address the idea that biological sex or chromosomal makeup should define “gender” identity. As such I removed those paragraphs and elected to use that information in comment replies should it come up.

      Thank you so much for reading the article and for being a great accepting mom to your daughter.

      For anyone interested in reading more about the twin studies, please check out these literature reviews on the topic:

  • July 15, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    You gave her hell about research and language, and then you used the term, “sexual preference.” I stopped reading right there!

    • July 15, 2020 at 9:39 pm

      I gave no one “hell” about language. I stated that I feel that much of the confusion is regarding the labels used to describe transgender/gender dysphoria. An opinion I have about the source of the confusion. While sexuality exists on a continuum and preference plays a role, I understand how the use of the praise could have upset you and updated the article to change one useage of the term sexual preference to simply say sexuality.

      That said: Sexual Orientation: a person’s sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted; the fact of being heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

      Sexual Preference: A person’s preference, ie traits they are or are not attracted to. Such as Brown hair, tall women, freckles. When it comes to sexual orientation (which many agree exists on a continuum) preference does play a role. For example, a bisexual woman who prefers women to men. In this case, it is a question of one’s preference.

      As I said in the article: “I won’t lie and pretend that I don’t sometimes struggle with more complicated issues related to trans rights or have opinions that are less-than “woke”  (ex: is a sexual preference for cis-gender partners transphobia? I don’t think so #CancelMe).  Still, I firmly feel that the “gender” identities of trans men and women should not be under constant scrutiny, especially by people they will never interact with and who are in no way impacted by trans people living as their authentic selves.”

      Thanks for reading the article. Well, the portion of the article that you read.
      Have a great evening.

  • July 20, 2020 at 11:48 am


    These are very difficult things to write about and you are doing it with significant amounts of grace and humility. I am a parent who has written, read, and dove into years of research in undergrad to better understand the histories, medical approaches, pathologization, etc. regarding transgender, intersex (historically often referred to as hermaphrodites by Dr. Money who coined the term gender), and gender non-conforming folks. I appreciate the nuance and depth of your writing! Thank you for providing such thoughtful information.

    • July 20, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Thank you so much for reading!
      Also, thank you for doing so much to understand such a complicated issue. Far too often people just rely on “well this is how I was raised” in forming their opinions and it’s super damaging to the lives of people who just want to be themselves.


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