J.K. Rowling defends her controversial comments in an essay

The Harry Potter author penned apersonal essay in defense of her transphobic tweets. "This isn't an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it's time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity. I write this without any desire to add to that toxicity," she began. Speaking to her controversial tweets, Rowling insisted that such "inclusive language" is "hostile" towards women. "Moreover, I understand why trans activists consider this language to be appropriate, but for those of us who've had degrading slurs at us by violent men, it's not neutral, it's hostile and alienating." Rowling then went on to detail her past with domestic abuse and sexual assault, explaining how the trauma of surviving those experiences has shaped her feelings about women's rights and trans issues. "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," she wrote. "This isn't because I'm ashamed those things happened to me, but because they're traumatic to revisit and remember."