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JK Rowling on Trans Activism: I've Listened to the Other Side. It's Dangerous.

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Despite fierce criticism, harassment, and death threats for speaking out on transgender issues, author J.K. Rowling has not backed down. 

In a recent podcast episode of “The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling,” the author said she has come to the conclusion that the transgender movement is “dangerous.”

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“I can only say that I’ve thought about it deeply and hard and long. And I’ve listened, I promise, to the other side,” she said on Tuesday. “And I believe, absolutely, that there is something dangerous about this movement, and it must be challenged.” 

She explained that she knew by speaking out she would turn off many fans. 

“When I first became interested in, and then deeply troubled by, what I saw as a cultural movement that was illiberal in its methods and questionable in its ideas, I absolutely knew that if I spoke out, many people who love my books would be deeply unhappy with me,” she said.

“I’m constantly told that I have betrayed my own books, but my position is that I’m absolutely upholding the positions that I took in ‘Potter,'” she continued. “My position is that this activist movement in the form that it’s currently taking, echoes the very thing that I was warning against in ‘Harry Potter.'”

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She did say, however, that “a ton” of “Harry Potter” fans are grateful for the stand she’s taken. 

“I am fighting what I see as a powerful, insidious misogynistic movement that I think has gained huge purchase in very influential areas of society. I do not see this particular movement as either benign or powerless,” she added. “So I’m afraid I stand with the women who are fighting to be heard against threats of loss of livelihood and threats to their safety.”

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