Celebs have started shutting down J.K Rowling after her series of transphobic tweets, in which she questioned a Devex article titled "Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate" on the basis that only women get periods.
One was a screen capture of a tweet by i-D junior editor Róisín Laingan that read: "JK Rowling really look at a world protesting en masse against racism and police brutality and said: 'You know what, this is the ideal time to use my platform to remind everyone I hate trans people?'" "She wrote: "'People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out.
Twitter users and other celebrities pointed out that there are women who do not menstruate, while transgender men and non-binary individuals are among people who do.
In his tweets, the Harry Potter creator accused trans people and trans allies of "erasing the lived reality of women".
"JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans". The author said "erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives".
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Rowling insisted on Twitter that she "respects every trans person's right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them" and took issue with being labelled a "TERF", a trans-exclusionary radical feminist. "I do not believe it's hateful to say so", Rowling wrote. "Percy Jackson" author Rick Riordan isn't transphobic". In December 2019, the author spoke out in support of Maya Forstater, who was sacked from a think tank for saying that men could not change into women.
It is also deeply troubling that someone with Rowling's massive wealth and influence would devote so much time and energy to hating trans people, especially given that her books are universally understood to be about acceptance and celebrating differences.
This wasn't Rowling's first time at the transphobic rodeo.
In 2018, Rowling faced flak for liking a tweet that called trans women "men in dresses". Her comments come at a particularly disappointing time considering the rights of marginalized communties have become the dominant conversation both politically and culturally. Many medical experts have contended that trans people menstruate but face challenges such as feeling alienated in accessing menstrual hygiene products as they are categorized as women's products.
"As a physician, I want people to know that sex exists on a bimodal biological spectrum just like gender exists on a bimodal sociological spectrum". Sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you. The names include Brad Walsh, Patti Harrison, LGBTQ+ organisation GLAAD and more.