It’s a fascinating anecdote – but unfortunately, Rowling has shared his pseudonym with real-life psychiatrist Robert Galbraith Heath, who pioneered in the 20th century what we now see using techniques including electrocoke and “brainwashing” drugs This is called conversion therapy.
Rowling’s anecdote, released before the choice of his alternate name, caused considerable mainstream controversy, with the tie being regarded as a Kinnar, if it is inappropriate, coincidence. But the author’s recent transphobic comments have erased the desire of many fans to give him the benefit of the doubt – and Rowling’s new book, which revolves around a cross-dressing serial killer, has only made things worse.
Troubled bloodThe latest in Rolling-Slash-Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike detective series is a 944-page tome, describing the murderer, Dennis Creed, as a cisgender man who sometimes dresses as women- Sometimes, to get closer to their victims. Their tendency to donate clothing and jewelry is known as the result of paganism and trauma, which play into two of the most common and dangerous assumptions about people who break with traditional gender “norms”.
As critics of the novel have already noted, the trope of cross-dressing killers has a long and sordid history in pop culture. (Thought: Lamb’s silence, Mental, Et al.) This assumption suffices that Netflix is documentary Disclosure, Which explores media depictions of trans people, dedicates an entire section to it. Laverne Cox, one of the primary speakers at the Dow, has condemned Rowling’s remarks, as has Cynthia Nixon, who has a trans son. Beyond the transgressive implication that transcends gender influence that somehow correlates with violence, these portrayals also serve as a back door to discredit trans people.
Rowling portrayed the villain Denise Creed’s habit of dressing as a mask of a violent demon under the guise of costume. His pious instinct leads some to believe he is gay – which may be reminiscent of the homophobic arguments of the 1970s and 80s that cast gay people in the same way as predators , Such as how trans-trans people now frame trans trans people. Rowling’s hero Cormoran Strike says at one point that the cult’s victims were “hoodwinked by a careful display of femininity.”
But the most damaging are passages that make fun of the cult using the language of the transphobe. There is a determination, sometimes, on the ability of the cult to “pass” —a whole retrospective on a doctor’s office arguing whether an unregistered patient was a “woman” or a man in a dress. The book illustrates the cult’s interest in women’s clothing as she encounters abuse as a child, and puts it as a journey, using the cloak of femininity for her own twisted purposes Does- again, anti-trans-tropes.
“It makes me excited … to see a woman who didn’t know she was being celebrated,” the character writes to a man nearby. “I’ll do it for my sisters, but I’m also crippled for the lit windows … I was awakened not only by the explicitly erotic aspects, but by the sense of power. I felt that I had stolen some essence from them.” , Which he considered private and hidden. ”
“I was awakened not only by the explicitly erotic aspects, but also by the feeling of power. I felt that I had stolen something from them, which they thought was private and hidden.“
The character is further told to wear women’s “secretly” and masturbate in them, to enjoy stealing women’s underwear.
Rowling has gradually become the most widely recognized face of the fast-growing anti-poison movement in Britain. Over the years, as the US warned on the bathroom bill, the UK and many prominent media columnists seized every opportunity to question the humanity of trans people and frame them as threats to women and young girls have taken.
In 2017 the UK government announced that it was seeking public comment as it sought to modernize the Gender Recognition Act of 2004. The declaration clarified that its goal was to face some of the burden trans people face in order to gain legal recognition of their identity and to support non-binary people under the Act; It was not announced, an invitation to debate the humanity of trans people.
In the years that followed, the latter is exactly what developed in the discussion, with Rowling and prominent media columnists leading the way. And it appears that their efforts are working: Documents leaked this summer suggested that the government planned to ban people with “women-only” spaces and those already borne under the Act Some security measures have been withdrawn.
Performing a twisted version of “feminism,” Rowling and others, trans people and especially trans women, when in fact, trans people, especially trans women, are experiencing a degree of violence, Is considered a threat to transgender women.
“Rowling and others posed a horrific degree of violence to trans people, and especially trans women, as if transgender women are actually a threat to trans people.“
In June, after closing several transphobic tweets, Rowling further revealed that she survived a domestic abuse and sexual assault. She stated her fear of trans people invading “women-only” spaces as a logical consequence of this trauma, despite the fact that such apprehensions have been completely dismissed. (It is worth noting that homophobes and racists have also adopted bathrooms as a battleground in the past.)
Rowling also claimed to worry about the young girls, who said she transitioned to avoid wrong treatment, only for later interruptions. (A laughable notion for those who have also received a glimpse of the treatment trans people receive often, even before a note that some coverage has suggested detransitioning is common by now.)
As a note for critic Kelly Lawler United states today, Rowling’s comments make it very impossible to “separate art from artist”. Troubled bloodA man’s basis for donating a wig and dress as he terrorizes women seems unbreakable by the terror of trans people “invading” “women-only” spaces.
It also does not help that Rolling engaged even more directly in the transphobic language in the previous Cormoran strike novel. As PinkNews notes, the second in the series, Silkworm, One portrays trans women as “unstable and aggressive” – given the transphobic notion that trans women are unable to suppress violent masculine tendencies in any way.
The character, Pippa, staggers a Cormoran strike and eventually tries to stab her – and once the detective traps him in his office, he is revealed as a trans, as Rowling is trapped in his Adam’s apple and hands Describes, while during the strike, he would not have fun for battle. You … not pre-op. “(Troubled bloodAlso, mentions Dennis Creed’s “big hands” as opposed to the wig and the dress he wears as a drag.)
Rowling and his contemporaries like to complain that they are being incited to submit – a charge Rawling made himself in this summer in a “TERF Wars” essay. But often, and certainly in this case, the pulp is the largest of those claiming to be silent. Rowling has now used her Twitter platform, her blog and her novels to spread transphobia. And perhaps the bitter irony of it all, every time she does so in book form, she manages to benefit from it – all under the saints of one man.