“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is firing back at a group of pro-trans activists who took and shared photos of her private residence on social media in hopes of launching a harassment campaign against her for her statements in support of biological women’s rights.
The acclaimed author, herself a gay rights supporter who wrote one of the most popular teen fiction series of all time, has come under fire in recent years for defending women and girls from having their rights, privacy, and awards stolen from them by biological men claiming to be females.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” she tweeted in 2020, sparking a wave of backlash.
“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—i.e., to male violence—‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences—is a nonsense," she added at the time.
Rowling has since maintained that strong pro-woman stance, to the point of getting kicked off the Harry Potter movie franchise’s 20th anniversary event this year despite her being the creator of the whole storyline.
Now, Rowling says a group of activists went so far as to find her family's home, stand outside and take photos showing the address before sharing the pictures online.
“Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible,” Rowling said Monday on Twitter.
“I have to assume that [they] thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights. They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out. Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women, is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us,” she went on.
I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out. Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women, is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us. 8/X— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 22, 2021
Two of the three Twitter accounts Rowling called out for belonging to the doxxers appear to no longer exist, while the third has been made private by the user.