In a clash of bestselling authors, Stephen King is the latest public figure to distance himself from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling by rebuking her defense of biological gender differences, declaring in a tweet over the weekend that “trans women are women.”
Stephen King’s tweet in support of trans women comes after he experienced social media backlash for re-tweeting a message from J.K. Rowling in which she quoted feminist Andrea Dworkin saying that “it isn’t hateful for women to speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so.”
Trans women are women,” the author replied.
J.K. Rowling angered transgender activists earlier this month when she defended the importance of biological sex and maintaining a distinction between biological women and trans women.
“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.
Yes. Trans women are women.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 28, 2020
The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women – ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is a nonsense.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020