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J. K. Rowling speaks about experience of violence, criticism from Emma Watson
She was best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, and Emma Watson still has millions of fans.
The British actress alone has 29 million followers on the Internet service Twitter, and so her post on Wednesday evening was very well received: Watson first commented on the debate about the alleged trans-hostile remarks by "Potter" creator J. K. Rowling. "Trans people are who they say they are and they deserve to live their lives without constant questioning or finding out that they are not who they say they are", wrote Watson.
It also said: "I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are."
With her statement, the 30-year-old alluded to a number of postings by the 54-year-old author. The latter clashed with the phrase “people who menstruate” and instead insisted on the term “women”. She literally scoffed: “I'm sure there used to be a word for these people. Somebody help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? "
Rowling was first criticized by transgender and LGBTI activists, then by other celebrities such as the "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe ("Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary undermines the dignity and identity of transgender people ").
Eddie Redmayne also defends trans women
Actor Eddie Radmayne also distanced himself from Rowling in an interview with "Variety". The star of the Rowling film adaptation “Fantastic Beasts…” stated: “As someone who has worked closely with both J. K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I would like to clarify my position here: I can (Rowlings,Note d. Red.) Absolutely disagree with comments. "
He also emphasized to the magazine: "Trans women are women, trans men are men, even non-binary identities are justified." To explain: Non-binary identities is a collective term for gender identities that are neither strictly female nor define strictly masculine, but rather locate oneself between these binary ascriptions.
The writer attacked in this way tried to defend herself on her personal website. There the star author (over 400 million books sold worldwide) published a long essay in which she made public for the first time that she had experienced violence in previous relationships. Under the heading: “J. K. Rowling writes about her reasons for speaking up on sex and gender issues ”- and with a warning that the content may be sexually explicit and therefore unsuitable for children - she tells of her first marriage, which resulted in a daughter , and that she was sexually molested when she was in her mid-twenties.
She has never spoken publicly about these things because she felt traumatized and wanted to protect her child from this relationship (with the Portuguese student Jorge A.). According to British media reports, A. himself had publicly admitted after the marriage that he beat his then wife in an argument in 1993 and threw them out of the house.
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