And as Rowling tried to defend herself, it only worsened things as enraged people pointed that it was also the pride month. Of all the hills to die on, and for what reason? The 54-year-old took to her social media handle on Saturday and shared an opinion article from a global health website titled "Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate". Someone help me out.
Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness responded directly to Rowling's tweet. The backlash came from folks from numerous backgrounds, who found it inappropriate for the Harry Potter writer to suggest that only women could menstruate as transgender, non-binary and gender-nonconforming individuals are able to do so. But instead of course-correcting, Rowling doubled down on her views.
"If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction", Rowling wrote. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? "It isn't hate to speak the truth", Rowling tweeted.
Sex is real. No one wants to erase the concept of sex. They argued that gender could be different to what was assigned at birth for transgenders. "There are many girls, non-binary folx, trans boys, and trans men who also get a period". "Gender is in the brain". However, a phrase used by her for the transgenders did not go well with the fans and as a result, J.K. Rowling was labeled transphobic and received a lot of flak on Twitter.
"As white supremacy and its bedfellows sexism, classism and fascism are being loudly challenged on the streets, it seems remarkable to be reheating tepid, essentialist arguments against trans people", English told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is facing backlash from celebs after she was accused of being transphobic in a series of tweets.
JK Rowling draws ire online for ‘anti-trans’ tweets about menstruation
"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".
Amid a series of cascading tinderbox issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, decided Saturday (June 6) was the flawless time to tweet about trans folk - less than a week into LGBT+ Pride Month. I do not believe it's hateful to say so.
According to Rowling's critics, her comments belie the belief that trans women are not really women - thereby pinning the experience of being a woman on those who only biologically identify as "women".
For many, Rowling's comments were an additional affront on top of her body of work.
People, majority Harry Potter fans, said they were deeply hurt and disappointed. The names include Brad Walsh, Patti Harrison, LGBTQ+ organisation GLAAD and more.
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