Munroe Bergdorf: 'Cancelling JK Rowling Won't Fix Transphobia'

6/12/2020 8:17:00 PM

'Cancelling JK Rowling Won't Fix Transphobia' Says @MunroeBergdorf

'Cancelling JK Rowling Won't Fix Transphobia' Says MunroeBergdorf

After a tweet from Harry Potter author JK Rowling was criticised as being transphobic, Munroe Bergdorf explains how she thinks we move forward.

, and has expressed regret for how the situation was handled. The reconciliation is the latest example of how the Black Lives Matter protests are forcing companies to reassess their policies. But in the same week as it felt like huge progress had been made in communities coming together in solidarity, a tweet from Harry Potter author JK Rowling was criticised as being transphobic, sparking calls for her books to be boycotted. Here, Munroe explains how she thinks we move forward...

I'm not somebody who holds grudges. If I can find a solution, I will. Honestly, though, I never thought L’Oréal and I would see eye to eye because the situation had been so volatile. At the same time, I never thought we’d be in a position today where more and more white people are getting to grips with the realities of modern-day racism like they are, so it’s safe to say I’m pleasantly surprised all round.

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UK Black Pride , and has expressed regret for how the situation was handled.wrote : "I've been in the public eye now for over 20 years and have never talked publicly about being a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor.Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne has joined Harry Potter lead actor Daniel Radcliffe in criticising JK Rowling’s recent comments about trans people.JK Rowling has revealed her experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault for the first time, in a lengthy and highly personal essay written in response to criticism of her public comments on transgender issues.

The reconciliation is the latest example of how the Black Lives Matter protests are forcing companies to reassess their policies. But in the same week as it felt like huge progress had been made in communities coming together in solidarity, a tweet from Harry Potter author JK Rowling was criticised as being transphobic, sparking calls for her books to be boycotted. I didn't want to claim sole ownership of a story that belongs to her, too. Here, Munroe explains how she thinks we move forward. I disagree with Jo’s comments.. "I'm mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who've been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces.. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.

I'm not somebody who holds grudges. She wrote: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations, who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I. If I can find a solution, I will. Honestly, though, I never thought L’Oréal and I would see eye to eye because the situation had been so volatile. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Several people hit back to point out it was not only women born women who menstruate. At the same time, I never thought we’d be in a position today where more and more white people are getting to grips with the realities of modern-day racism like they are, so it’s safe to say I’m pleasantly surprised all round.” Rowling also denied her statements were transphobic, adding: “The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades … ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is a nonsense. Kudos to L’Oréal for asking me to join its board, because it takes strength of character to hold your hands up and say, ‘I got this wrong. "I do not believe it’s hateful to say so. If I’d found community and sympathy online that I couldn’t find in my immediate environment, I believe I could have been persuaded to turn myself into the son my father had openly said he’d have preferred,” she wrote.

’ I really hope other brands take this opportunity to get their house in order. I get asked by brands all the time what they can do to be more inclusive and it really is as simple as hiring a diverse team. I’m excited to be back at L’Oréal, being a voice for Black, trans and queer people, because my community is the most important thing to me. To be able to bring our concerns to the table feels refreshing when it has so rarely been the case before, which is how mistakes happen. I’m looking forward to seeing diversity being celebrated and bringing in the perspectives of marginalised people, since it is glaringly obvious there are huge disparities between the experiences of different races. She said the criticism had left her “in a very dark place inside my head, as memories of a serious sexual assault I suffered in my 20s recurred on a loop.

I’m just glad people are listening now. However, it has been rather an intense few days, as JK Rowling also chose last week to tweet comments that many trans people have found offensive. Sharing an article, she questioned the phrase ‘people who menstruate’. ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,’ she tweeted to her 14.5 million followers. Citing an unnamed poll, Rowling claimed that those who did not support preserving single-sex spaces were “only those privileged or lucky enough never to have come up against male violence or sexual assault, and who’ve never troubled to educate themselves on how prevalent it is”.

‘Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’ she wrote. It felt like she was insulting the lived experience of trans people. Rowling wrote about a magical world that celebrated children who were different, but these comments feel as though she is denying trans people the right to feel real. It’s such a shame because she touched so many people with her stories. Women must accept and admit that there is no material difference between trans women and themselves,” she wrote.

My first thoughts when I read her tweet were to worry for trans children. Trans people are already marginalised and these words can cause serious harm. It’s dangerous when we consider how more than one in four (27%) trans young people have attempted to take their own lives and almost nine in 10 (89%) have thought about it. Black trans women in particular are dying at an alarming rate; we’ve got so many marginalised aspects to our identities that this reduces our life expectancy and impacts our mental health, access to employment and access to healthcare. Being Black and trans means people like me face double the stigma, so for Rowling to tweet this in the midst of the protests and Pride month is spectacularly insensitive timing.

Saying that, I don’t think she – or anyone else – should be ‘cancelled’. If you cancel someone, where do they go? You risk them going on to become radicalised. Instead, we need to move into a period of accountability, but it can’t always be up to marginalised people to call these things out. Thankfully, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe , who starred in the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films, posted their unease with her comments on social media. Everything happening right now is linked; it’s challenging the marginalisation of oppressed and vulnerable people.

In the same way white people are pledging to become better allies and are realising racism is a problem with white society, cis-allies are joining us in fighting for trans rights. We stand a far better chance of dismantling racism and transphobia when we come together as a society. Recent events have proved we can do that. Now, I hope more brands will follow L’Oréal’s lead in trying to become more inclusive. Life After Lockdown Life After Lockdown in Pictures - Grazia 1 .