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JK Rowling, 'Chocolate' Author Joan Harris in War of Words Over Gender Identity Issues

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'Harry Potter' producer J.K. Rowling and "Chocolate" author Joan Harris discuss issues of gender identity.

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The controversy began when Rowling expressed concern for "The Satanic Verses" writer Salman Rushdie after he was attacked and received death threats on Twitter.

Harris, who is a U.K. Key, who heads the Society of Authors, expressed support for Rowling "and for all in equal position".

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In response, Rowling told The Times that she "did not receive any communication from Harris expressing sympathy for the death and rape threats I received."

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"Harris has consistently failed to criticize tactics designed to silence and intimidate women who disagree with his personal position on gender identity ideology and have publicly stated, 'Cancellation is not a dirty word.

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We habitually cancel things we no longer want,'" Rowling told The Times. In response, Harris said: "I have always said loud and clear that I condemn any kind of threat to anyone.

This is for those whose views I disagree with and whose views I share. Freedom of speech belongs to everyone, and when one person loses it, we are all at risk."

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Harris has a trans son, while Rowling has posted against the use of the phrase "menstruating people" instead of women. People on Twitter called the situation transphobic.

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"Yes, I support trans rights. I also have a son who came out as trans a few months ago. But my personal feelings about the gender-critical movement don't affect my belief in free speech, Or what do I do for @Soc_of_Authors," Harris tweeted.

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