Hva kjennetegner “ekstrem anti-trans” retorikk?

Harry Potter
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I en tid hvor ulike grupper krever statens beskyttelse mot hatefulle utsagn og trakassering, kan det være interessant å vite hvor grensene går, hva de ulike gruppene selv mener er ekstreme utsagn.

Nettstedet LGBTQ-Nation er et av de stedene der man får en innføring i hvor lite som skal til før man har mistet enhver tillit som et anstendig mennesker. For kort tid siden angrep nettstedet igjen forfatter J.K. Rowling for sine ytringer, og hevdet:

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling continues support for extreme anti-transgender rhetoric

Rowling approved of a tweet that called a trans woman a “guy” who is “an adult human male who claims to be a lesbian.”

Men det sluttet ikke der. Selv en påstand om at det biologiske kjønn er avgjørende for vår identitet, anses som ekstrem, og nettstedet skriver videre:

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, is once again drawing criticism for liking anti-transgender rhetoric on Twitter.

Rowling, who has a strong Twitter presence, has liked transphobic tweets in the past, although her publicist said that the author clicked “like” by accident in a “clumsy and middle-aged moment.”

Related: Mark Hamill, Jameela Jamil & other celebs are calling out J.K. Rowling for anti-trans tweet

This past December, Rowling tweeted that “sex is real,” a common statement used by transphobes to imply that sex assigned at birth determines a person’s entire life, effectively erasing gender identity.

She used the hashtag #IStandWithMaya in that tweet, a reference to British anti-transgender activist Maya Forstater, who lost her job at a progressive organization for her statements about transgender women, including “men cannot change into women” and that transphobia against trans women only “hurts men’s feelings.”

Over the weekend, Rowling liked a tweet from anti-transgender activist Fred Sargeant. On Twitter, Sargeant frequently advocates that it’s “time to remove the T from same-sex advocacy groups” and that transgender women can’t be oppressed because they’re assigned male at birth.

The tweet in question wasn’t on a different topic. Sargeant wrote about Alex Drummond, a Welsh trans woman who has a beard, calling her “an adult human male who claims to be a lesbian.”

She “believes that real lesbians who aren’t into penises are transphobic and should be excluded from the lesbian community,” according to Sargeant, who misgendered her by calling her “this guy.”

Man kan vel si det så enkelt at det å forfekte naturen selv, er blitt ekstremt. Det lover ikke godt for framtiden. Vi kommer nemlig ikke utenom at det er disse gruppene som i stor grad definerer hvor grensene skal gå, som trekker opp rammene for ytringsfriheten.

 

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