J.K. Rowling Is Facing Backlash After Posting Transphobic Tweets About Menstruation

J.K. Rowling has come under fire for a couple of transgender tweets over the weekend.

In response to a story about medical inequality titled “Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for Menstruating People,” the author refused to accept that transgender men and non-binary individuals have periods.

“‘People who menstruate’. I believe there used to be a term for these people. Someone help me out.Wumben?Wimpund?Woomud?” she tweeted alongside the article.

‘Menstrual people’. I believe there used to be a word for these people. Someone please help me?

– J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020.
Rowling doubles down on this prejudiced viewpoint, writing, “If sex isn’t real, then there is no same-sex attraction.” If sex wasn’t real, there would be no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the reality of women’s lives around the globe is erased. I know and love transgender people, but erasing the concept of sexuality robs many people of the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives. Speaking the truth is not hate.”

If sex wasn’t real, there would be no same-sex attraction. If sex wasn’t real, the reality of women’s lives around the globe would be erased. I know and love transgender people, but erasing the concept of sexuality removes the ability for many people to meaningfully discuss their lives. Speaking the truth is not hate.

– J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020.
Despite the backlash, she continued to defend her comments and claimed that she still feels for the transgender community.” The idea that women like me, who have empathized with transgender people for decades because they are just as vulnerable as women – i.e., violent towards men – and feel kinship to ‘hate’ transgender people because they think sex is real and has life consequences – is nonsense.”

“I respect the right of every transgender person to live their lives in any way that is real and comfortable for them. If you are discriminated against because you are transgender, I will march with you. At the same time, my life has been shaped by who I am as a woman. I don’t think it’s hateful to say that.”

Women like me have empathized with transgender people for decades because they are just as vulnerable as women – i.e., to male violence – and “hating” transgender people because the idea that sex is real and has life consequences is nonsense.

– J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020.
I respect every transgender person’s right to live their lives in any way that feels authentic and comfortable. If you are discriminated against for being transgender, I will march with you. Also, my life has been shaped by being a woman. I don’t believe it’s hateful to say that.

– J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020.
Almost immediately, Rowling’s comments were met with criticism on Twitter.” How can someone with enough imagination to write one of the best-selling fantasy novels of all time be so narrow-minded?” One man commented, while another replied.” Women are not defined by their period.”

How could a man with enough imagination to write a best-selling fantasy novel be so narrow-minded?

The concept of ‘erasing’ sex doesn’t denigrate humans with ovaries, it just makes everyone equal!

If you @jk_rowling believe this, you’re a supremacist! pic.twitter.com/D0wzFxD4fN

– Kuriko (@KurikoKun) June 7, 2020
I know you know this because you’ve been told over and over again, but transgender people can menstruate. Non-binary people can also menstruate. I, a 37 year old woman with a uterus, haven’t had a period in 10 years.

Women are not defined by their periods.

– Aleen (@Aleen) June 6, 2020.
Affluent white women have been using essentialism to devalue more marginalized women for centuries. As a black trans woman, I don’t think J.K. Rowling was an early white feminist who also denied the femininity of queer black women. https://t.co/9kXBXvxjho

– Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) June 6, 2020.
Karen

– Matt Otiel (@ortile) June 6, 2020.
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Meanwhile, GLAAD responded to her tweet with a list of organizations that support black transgender people.” If you want to channel your legitimate anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-transgender rhetoric into something positive, support organizations that help black transgender people, like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell, and @ukblackpride.”

JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology that deliberately misrepresents the facts about gender identity and transgender people. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting transgender people.

– GLAAD (@glaad) June 7, 2020.
The LGBTQ organization added: “There is no excuse for targeting transgender people in 2020.”