Harry Potter author, JK Rowling,  says she has received more than 3,000 emails of support, after she defended the right of women to assert that biological sex matters, despite a manufactured backlash that is still being hyped by media reporting and a social media attack campaign.

Rowling spoke out again on Twitter at the weekend, after she discovered that Labor’s Lloyd Russell-Mole, the shadow environment minister, said that the author was  ‘using’ her experiences of sexual assault and domestic violence to ‘discriminate’ against trans people.

 

Rowling won praise for revealing that the abuse she had endured in her marriage as a young woman had shaped her views regarding trans women – born male – sharing women-only spaces. Some trans activists continued to attack her for expressing her views, with many making threats of a sexual nature against the author.

“I believe the majority of trans-identified people not only pose zero threat to others, but are vulnerable for all the reasons I’ve outlined. Trans people need and deserve protection. Like women, they’re most likely to be killed by sexual partners. Trans women who work in the sex industry, particularly trans women of colour, are at particular risk. Like every other domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor I know, I feel nothing but empathy and solidarity with trans women who’ve been abused by men,” she wrote earlier this month.

“So I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth.”

Now, Rowling says that she’s received over 3000 emails thanking her for speaking up, many from women who have shared their own experiences of violence and sexual assault.

 

She said that she was contacted by “professionals working in women’s refuges, the prison service, the social work system, the criminal justice system and the police” – and that “all expressed concerns about the aims and methods of current trans activism.”

The acclaimed author, also said she was arguing, “not for the privileged, but the powerless”, tweeting “As I stated in my essay, my primary worry is the risks to vulnerable women. As everyone knows, I’m no longer reliant on communal facilities, nor am I likely to be imprisoned or need a women’s refuge any time soon. I’m not arguing for the privileged, but the powerless”.