Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A J.K. Rowling Transphobia Primer (A Good, Old-Fashioned Link List!)

Updated October 21, 2021

Below is a good, old-fashioned link list of the J.K. Rowling transgender controversy. I built this list for my college students who are reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) as part of a "Coming-of-Age" literature class (they've also read Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Alice Walker's The Color Purple, and Steven Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, fyi). When I first started posting on the controversy, it seemed to many like only an intercene fandom happening, but the story has continued to have ramifications for the business prospects of the Harry Potter franchise, to say nothing of the real-world impact on the trans community. For my views, see other posts on this blog. - Donald E. Simpson, PhD.

J.K. Rowling "Who'll Have You" Tweet on Twitter (December 19, 2019)

The Guardian (UK) on the Maya Forstater Case (December 18, 2019)

The Maya Forstater Judgment (December 18, 2019)

Fast Company on the 2019 Rowling Tweets (December 19, 2020)

The Leaky Cauldron (major Harry Potter fan site) shuns Rowling (July 1, 2020)

Daniel Radcliffe's Response on the Trevor Project for LGBTQ Rights (June 8, 2020)

"TERF Wars" Essay (retitled "J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues" (June 10, 2020)

J.K. Rowling Blocks Stephen King (June 29, 2020)

Forbes Magazine on the J.K. Rowling Controversy (September 17, 2020)

The Author Who Failed Us - Vox (June 11, 2020)

Vanity Fair on the U.K. Political Origins of Rowling's Views (June 12, 2020)

Deconstructing Rowling's Transphobic Misinformation (June 16, 2020)

Fans Reimagine Their World Without Its Creator - NY Times (June 12, 2020)

"Who'll Have You?" phrase in the work of J.K. Rowling (June 21, 2020)

Her Fandom Has Officially Canceled J.K. Rowling - In Style (July 2, 2020)

How J.K. Rowling Became Voldemort - The Atlantic (July 6, 2020)

J.K. Rowling's Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award revoked (August 8, 2020)

Rowling's response to her RFK Ripple of Hope Award revocation (August 27, 2020)

Understanding Rowling: Transphobia's Not the Answer (September 18, 2020)

Pete Davidson's Weekend Update remarks on Saturday Night Live (YouTube) (October 11, 2020)

HBO Harry Potter development deal faces backlash (January 25, 2021)

90-minute Dissection of J.K. Rowling by Contrapoints (January 26, 2021)

Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort Actor) Defends J.K. Rowling (March 18, 2021)

Rupert Grint on why he publicly condemned J.K. Rowling's view - Buzzfeed (March 22, 2021)

Rowling Controversy and the Business Future of Harry Potter - CNBC (March 24, 2021) 

The Washington Post on Being Transgender in the UK (March 31, 2021)

Here's How J.K. Rowling's Platform Exacerbates Her Damaging WordsAsk.com (April 2, 2021)

Transgender Childhood Is Not a "Trend" - New York Times (April 5, 2021)

Stanford Harry Potter Dorm "Panics" over J.K. Rowling (April 6, 2021)

Alabama Bans Transgender Treatment for MinorsThe Washington Post (April 6, 2021)

Stanford Harry Potter Dorm "Panics" over J.K. Rowling (April 6, 2021)

Why More Trans People are Hiding Their Identity at Work in U.K. - The World (April 6, 2021)

Rowling Claims Backlash Proves Her Transphobic Views Were Right All Along - Twitter (July 19, 2021)

Dave Chappelle says he's 'Team TERF,' defends J.K. Rowling - USA Today (October 5, 2021)

Rowling's transphobia meant to "prod her readers" - The Medium (December 29, 2021)

The splintering of Harry Potter Fandom - Polygon (January 5, 2022)

Vladimir Putin recognizes an Ally in J.K. Rowling - New York Times (March 25, 2022)

The Ideological Alignment of Putin and Rowling
- Forbes (March 26, 2022)


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