Author JK Rowling has found herself in hot water yet again due to tweets that invalidate trans people. It all started when she aired her support for a researcher who lost her job due to transphobic tweets.
Rowling took offense at a headline for an article that went, “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” Rowling tweeted on Saturday evening. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Naturally, Twitter launched itself at her and called her out by saying that transgender men can menstruate and so can non-binary people.
“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” Rowling tweeted shortly after. “The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women — ie, to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense.”
However, her tweets only added oil to the fire and she found herself in a deeper controversy. “JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people,” tweeted GLAAD.
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