J.K. Rowling, Elon Musk and Tiresome Transphobia

An exchange on social media between J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk.
An exchange on social media between J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk.

We did not have agreeing with Elon Musk on our 2024 bingo card but here we are. 

“Harry Potter” author and known transphobe J.K. Rowling posted a nearly 700-word tweet last month spouting off her usual rhetoric about how trans inclusion “has caused, and continues to cause, very real harm to vulnerable people” while also confusingly stating how she wants trans people “to be free to dress and present themselves however they like and I want them to have exactly the same rights as every other citizen regarding housing, employment and personal safety.” 

Elon Musk, who acquired Twitter (which I will continue to deadname until he gets his act straight regarding transphobia on his site) in 2022, has had his own issues when it comes to the trans community. In particular, his social networking site ran ads from PragerU — an organization that creates conservative content — about their propaganda-fueled short documentary, “Detrans: The Dangers of Gender-Affirming Care.”

He has also previously tweeted messages such as “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.”

Additionally, Musk’s trans daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson, has severed ties with him.

“Gender Identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” she said in court documents about why she chose to change her name.

Those words speak volumes.

But funny enough, it was actually Musk who called out Rowling in the aforementioned ridiculously long tweet. Musk wrote on May 4, “While I heartily agree with your points regarding sex/gender, may I suggest also posting interesting and positive content on other matters?”

Rowling responded on May 5 by stating, “Hahaha, just realised [sic] that I missed being advised to share more positive content yesterday… sharing this about my writing life, which happens to have been published today in The Sunday Times, should in no way be interpreted as me doing as I’m told” along with a winky face emoji and a link to an article.

However, in the following days, Rowling’s timeline was still filled with the same TERF nonsense.

TERFs like Rowling like to hide behind the mask of “fighting for women’s rights.” But where are the tweets about reproductive rights, workplace discrimination, wage gaps, health care and a whole host of women’s issues? Trans women being included in women’s spaces is really the hill they wish to die on?

Maybe Rowling should take Musk’s advice and actually post something interesting — or useful — about women’s rights rather than using the women’s movement to disguise her blatant transphobia.

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