Lynda Carter: You don’t have to be trans to respect trans people


To get in to the beauty that is Lynda Carter’s recent comments, I have to mention the cruel words of J.K. Rowling. I’m sorry about that. But it seems Rowling cannot help but spread her poison, even this close to Christmas, with Santa watching and everything. Rowling is a TERF. She’s tried to defend her reason to continually bash the trans community, but there is no excuse and she wasn’t invited to the Harry Potter reunion because of her nonsense. Although quieter lately, with Scotland recently trying to pass the Gender Recognition Act reform, Rowling decided it was time to remind everyone she’s terrible. She posted a tweet that said:

War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.
The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman.

Stop convoluting the issues. Although many people condemned Rowling, a lot of people jumped to her defense. What’s even more tragic about Rowling’s timing is that last month, 2021 was declared the Deadliest Year for trans people with 375 people murdered. She’s doing so much harm to the LGBTQ community with this crusade of hers. She used to be such a hero to so many.

Fortunately, Lynda was a hero to many and still is. In the wake of the emotional distress that Rowling spewed, Lynda tweeted out support for the community:

“You don’t have to be trans to understand the importance of respecting trans people and affirming their identities.” That’s it, right there. I’ll admit there is much I need to learn when it comes to trans identity, but the one thing I know is that it’s not about me. My role is to help support, promote and protect the trans community. Just like Lynda is doing. Every voice counts. And yes, if one has a more amplified voice and larger resources, they should absolutely reconsider the damage they’re inflicting with these attacks. Fortunately, every time Rowling crawls out of her cave, Lynda will be there. She’s come out to for trans folks before, she’s doing it now, and she’ll do it again.




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  1. OriginalLala says:

    What in the world is Rowling trying to get at? her logic makes no sense, other than trying to spread hate and get people killed. What a horrible person.

    • Bryn says:

      She had to tweet something because there’s been no attention on her recently.

      • Sof says:

        That Dumbledore movie is coming out, right? Do people pay attention to that franchise?

      • Wendy says:

        I’m sure she’d say it’s purely coincidental that she tweeted her hatefulness on the same day the trailer for her latest moneygrab dropped.

    • Jane says:

      As far as I can tell, she seems to be fixated on the idea that men will pretend to be trans and either dress up as women or not bother to do that and simply claim to be women to access spaces like women’s toilets or changing rooms to assault them with a penis. She’s apparently unaware that men have been doing that for decades if not centuries without the need to pretend in any way at all, and will no doubt continue to do so. It’s so bizarre and extreme – since she’s a multimillionaire with money to burn, there are all manner of ways that she could help support the vulnerable women and girls she claims to care about so much (she could even fund trans-only spaces if she’s so determined to keep them away from cis women and girls), but she’s too busy caping for Johnny Depp and harassing an extremely vulnerable minority who simply want to live their lives in peace to see that.

      • Bryn says:

        Alot of people really seem to focus on the bathroom issue. If a man wants to rape woman in the bathroom, he doesn’t need to dress up look a woman to do it. Pretty sure it’s a lot more dangerous for a transgender woman to be forced to use the men’s bathroom.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Bryn, yeah, the bathroom issue is definitely one that has gained traction but always struck me as stupid. A person who is going to rape another person or commit another type of violent crime (like assault) isn’t going to say, wait, I was going to commit this violent, criminal act but now that the sign says the bathroom is for women only, I guess I can’t.

      • ElleV says:

        THIS! it’s not like women’s toilets and changing rooms have a bouncer checking IDs and genitals

      • bisynaptic says:

        THIS. and the defense of men credibly accused of sexual assault—is just icing on the cake.

    • Tanguerita says:

      at this point i suspect there are some deep seated, unresolved psychological issues at play. To make it clear – Rowling is a sorry excuse for a human being, but she also seems unwell and in dire need of a good shrink.

      • salmonpuff says:

        Hard agree. She is fixated to an unhealthy degree. While waving her a-hole flag high. If I were a family member I would encourage her to shut her mouth and get some therapy, stat.

        But I am not, so I’m just here for Lynda Carter’s amazing white suit.

      • Lucy2 says:

        I agree, there is something in JK that needs to be addressed and worked on. I do hope she seeks help, because living a life consumed with hate, fear, and bigotry is just sad. Especially when it’s directed at people simply trying to live their lives as their authentic selves, and not asking for anything more than equality and safety.
        I don’t know what JK’s goal is in this, but all it has done is revealed her to be a terrible, cruel, and deeply damaged person.

      • Wendy says:

        In her very very very long anti-trans essay she released last year (or the year before, I forget exactly when), she talks about how if transitioning had been a supported choice when she was young she’d probably have done it, which… JOANNE. SAY THAT TO A THERAPIST. BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT SOME THINGS TO WORK OUT ABOUT YOURSELF.

      • Sally says:

        @Wendy honestly, THAT part I kinda got. I had my own gender identity crises as a teen (except no one called it that back then) and I cannot say how I would have acted, had I had access to the internet of today. I’m a proud unfeminine, bisexual woman today, who’s a bit of weirdo and has desires that women are not supposed to have and I love that for me now, actually. Back then it was all super confusing and I’ve seen some of the stuff that’s offered as answers to young trans or questioning people on social media today and… it’s not all good. I mean, duh, social media and its pitfalls of bad info, but there’s stuff out there that’s just dodgy and I positively cannot say what reading that as an angry, depressed and impressionable 14-year old would have done to me. So yeah, I wish this was discussed more and more openly in queer circles, it would also help with finding some better definitions and shared purposes and goals, but that’s not really happening atm. Which of course makes it a great weakness to attack and yeah, as soon as she goes to needing a penis to rape people and how men will use self-ID laws to rape more women, my eyes start spinning in my head.

    • mynameispearl says:

      Police Scotland are changing their policy of recording sex of a person accused of rape (in scots law a rape can only be committed by a penis), to allow people accused of rape to self ID as female (previously a transgender person would have needed a Gender Recognition Certificate).

      • ElleV says:

        that’s a dumb definition of r*pe if I’ve ever heard one

      • Jaded says:

        I treated a young gay man in my Reiki and hypnosis practice who had been raped by a group of homophobic guys who used a broom handle to do it. He was utterly traumatized. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, any unwanted, sexualized touching is rape and self-identifying as female to get out of criminal investigation is heinous. A friend of mine is a family lawyer and one of her clients was the husband of a woman who was forceably molesting their 4 year old daughter. When he found out he immediately instigated divorce proceedings and took the daughter away.

        JK Rowling needs to STFU and I absolutely love Lynda Carter.

    • Jennifer says:

      Why is she so fixated on “men dress as women so they can rape them”? Like she is really obsessed with this. I am pretty sure I have never heard of this happening IRL.

      • Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

        Because it seems like bigoted people can’t look beyond sexual acts when discussing anyone who is not heterosexual. It’s all about rape, what people have between their legs, and who they are lusting after. It’s almost like a bigot can’t grasp that someone who is not strictly straight is a person with dreams, goals, accomplishments and interests that have nothing to do with who they f*ck.

  2. Tulipworthy says:

    Love her. She is a class act.

  3. jo73c says:

    Always & forever Wonder Woman.

  4. Jais says:

    Jk needs a lightning bolt of empathy to the brain. I just can’t understand her cruelty. She is deeply offensive and dare I say evil. Funny how she turned into the true Voldemort. Wonder Woman to the rescue!

    • goofpuff says:

      Yeah she’s really ruined Harry Potter for me. Now when I read those books, I can’t help but notice all the problematic things in them that I just passed over before.

  5. Dlc says:

    OG Wonder Woman! Much love.

  6. Mireille says:

    One of the most maligned, vulnerable and targeted communities in the entire world and JK Rowling poured more fuel to fire the hate. I don’t get her. What was the purpose of that tweet? Lynda Carter, however, will always be my Wonder Woman — loved her since I was a child playing my favorite superhero.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Exactly. Every time a public figure goes on one of these little transphobic tirades, it’s open season for other bigots to let their hate hang out.

  7. Lolo86lf says:

    I love Lynda Carter and it makes me warm and fuzzy inside to read her kind words for the trans community. It is so baffling to me to see JK Rowling continuing to spew regressive comments about transgender women. I was hoping she would come back to her senses and apologize for her medieval views on the matter at hand but to no avail. what a shame.

  8. Keats says:

    Wowwww Lynda looks great. Not spending your energy hating trans people keeps you young!

  9. Lisa says:

    the lady hero we need

    shallow note: freakin good hair, my hair wasnt that good at 16

  10. Bryn says:

    Such simple, kind words from Lynda Carter, not sure why some people find it so hard to just acknowledge that trans people are in danger right now, it doesn’t take away from the struggles we face as women.

  11. Becks1 says:

    Ugh, JK Rowling. Lynda’s response is perfect.

    And Hecate, this – ” I’ll admit there is much I need to learn when it comes to trans identity, but the one thing I know is that it’s not about me. My role is to help support…”

    That’s exactly where I am – there’s a lot I need to learn but I figure right now the most important thing for me to do is to support people and be the best ally I can be. It’s not about me.

    I mean really it says a lot about Rowling that she is unable to respect someone for just living their life. It doesn’t impact her, so why is she on this mission of hate?

  12. Miranda says:

    Does Rowling think that there are scores of cis men out there who getting reassignment surgeries for the sole purpose of easier access to potential rape victims? What a vile, cruel, backwards vagina-ed individual she is.

    Leave it to Wonder Woman to stand up for what is right and decent.

    • ElleV says:

      let’s be real, regardless of the policy, cis men don’t need an extra layer of subterfuge to go around r*ping people (sexual assault survivor here, can confirm) – this is a boogeyman TERFs have made up to scare themselves and excuse their bigotry

      and even if men were *pretending* to be trans to r*pe people (which overwhelmingly they’re not), i struggle to understand how the gender of a r*pist makes any difference?

      meanwhile, trans people are far more likely to be victims of violence and face wildly greater risks of suicide than the general population because of trans phobic nonsense

      feeling threatened doesn’t mean a person/group actually poses a threat

      • ElleV says:

        just want to note my comment was in response to a reply that appears to be gone now

        also @Miranda – agree wonder woman is living up to her name!

    • FilmTurtle says:

      Exactly what @ElleV says.

      SO WHAT if a man accused of rape or assault in a female restroom claims to be trans? It still doesn’t let him off the hook for rape or assault. That logic is so baffling.

  13. Robyn says:

    Rowling is PEAK white woman at this point. Defending abusers, spreading violent rhetoric about trans people on her huge platform, and continuing to make millions from her racist, extremely fatphobic books. She has SO MUCH MONEY that she could have done good with, and instead she chooses… this.

    Trans women are women. Full stop. Bye.

  14. Jessica says:

    JKR kind of reminds me of William, actually. Beloved, on a pedestal, everyone loves them, then they start opening their mouths and fall hard. I’m with Lynda- we should all be treating trans people with respect, it’s the bare minimum. There’s no reason not to, other than to be a hurtful jerk.

  15. K says:

    I have loved LC since I was a kid. I wanted to be her when I grew up. Too bad for me because Lynda Carter has filled her own shoes. PS how freaking gorgeous she is.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Me too! I loved Wonder Woman, and always thought Lynda was the most beautiful woman ever. It’s lovely to know she’s a beautiful, kind soul as well.

  16. MoP says:

    Rowling’s argument is idiotic (as is she). For the women who choose to have gender confirmation surgery, does she not realize they will no longer have a penis?

  17. Merricat says:

    She refuses to understand that she is conflating two very different things, much like hard conservatives conflate gay men with pedophilia.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Yep. It’s expanding though- just being gay, lesbian, bi, or trans isn’t the only thing bigots will conflate with sexual abuse and exploitation. People from the lgbtq community can also conflate defending young people against their bigotry with rewarding minors for sexual favors. It’s just something people should be prepared for.

  18. Sof says:

    I wouldn’t even call Rowling a TERF guys, there’s no way a feminist of any kind would defend and support Johnny Depp.

    • Bryn says:

      But johnny depp told her it was all made up and he’s great. I think JK is a total narcissist, she believes Johnny so there for everyone else should too.

  19. MY3CENTS says:

    Yes, more people like Linda Carter spreading good. JKR is just trash and does not deserve our attention.

  20. GR says:

    Thank god for Lynda Carter – loved her as Wonder Woman (when I was 8 yo) and still love her now.
    And to clarify – ciswomen can and do commit rape.

  21. Liam Hennessy says:

    In the UK, rape is defined as non-consensual pentration with the penis. Women can still be charged as an accomplice, but one would have to be male to be charged with rape.

    US law differs in this respect.

    • OriginalLaLa says:

      I guess I’m still not understanding – if rape can only be done with a penis ( then, if the rapist has a penis, they’ve committed rape….what does this have to do with trans women specifically?

      • TrixC says:

        I think the point she’s trying to make is that you don’t need to have had reassignment surgery to identify as a woman. Some trans women do have penises. But then there’s a massive illogical leap to suggest that potential rapists would go to the trouble of pretending to be trans so they can gain access to women’s spaces. Which just seems bonkers really.

  22. JJS says:

    This is just so irritating. This bathroom argument is nonsense, can she just stop adding gas to the fire already?! My trans son has heard some of the crap she says and is _still_ wanting to re-watch the Harry Potters this year… so we are re-watching them and pretending JK doesn’t exist.
    I really wish he wasn’t growing up in this time where hating trans people are the current hot trend and straight pipeline to white supremacy. (Not saying its better before either though, or for other marginalized groups.)

    I won’t claim to know what its like being trans, but from being with him, all my son seems to want is to live his life and be safe and find love and acceptance like the rest of us.

  23. MyHiddles says:

    Lynda Carter is a wonderful person. I met her several times in college while I was working at a specialty grocery store in Georgetown. She’s extremely polite to everyone. She’s the Anti-Karen.

  24. Ann says:

    WTH does that even mean? Ugh! This reminds me of when they were trying to pass an ordinance in Houston that would have extended protection to a number of groups, including veterans and trans people. It died on the hill of the stupid bathroom issue, with the Right scaring people into thinking men dressed as women were going to go into public rest rooms and assault little girls.

    I have a daughter and not once in my life did I worry about that. Like others said, I would be far more worried about a man dressed as a man going into that space (or any space) and hurting her. Which is why I went into the rest room with her until she was old enough to know about stranger danger, etc.

    Also, for all I know I have shared a restroom with a trans person without being the wiser and without anyone being hurt or doing anything more than trying to use the damned bathroom.

    That is just nuts. And worse, it is equating being trans with being a rapist, basically. I know people who have been raped and news flash, they were raped by MEN. Plain old men.

    So disappointing. Why is she doing this? What is wrong with her?

  25. Joan Callamezzo says:

    I love the OG WW even more now.

  26. LadySwampwitchGivsneaufux says:

    always the best wonder woman and super hero! Love you Lynda

  27. Monica says:

    I just want to get Rowling out of my mind and focus on how cool and gorgeous Lynda Carter is.

  28. Feebee says:

    Thank goodness for Carter because that post from Rowling is jaw dropping. Even at best if you can’t wrap your head around trans-ness, why go out of your way to be so deliberately cruel and hateful?

  29. Misskitten says:

    Linda Carter was a regular customer in the bookstore I worked at in high school-> early college (btw- best job EVER). She is VERY tall, very beautiful, and very very nice.

  30. Otaku fairy says:

    She’s right. It’s something that should go without saying at this point, but unfortunately it still needs to be emphasized. One of the easiest ways to harm a marginalized community or anything for them is to dismiss it as “only THEM trying to protect THEMSELVES” and invalid because “THOSE people don’t matter as much anyway.” TERFs and conservatives are masters at demonizing trans people this way. It’s messed up.