JK Rowling, the creator of  Harry Potter has been facing backlash from the transgender community, activists and fans alike after posting anti-trans comments on Twitter. Recently the author responded to an online article titled ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate’ saying, “ ‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”  This sparked a debate with many calling the author anti trans, and others pointing out an individual’s gender can be different from what they are assigned at birth.

JK Rowling the author of Harry Potter books, has been facing backlash after posting anti-trans comments on Twitter.

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Tweets

The author kept defending her comments arguing she continues to support transgender people. Rowling soon posted a series of tweets trying to explain her stance and views. She tweeted, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. 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”. This was followed by a thread of tweets all justifying her stance.

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She also mentioned that “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 nonsense.”

TERF

Following the row on Twitter JK Rowling has seemingly accepted that she is “TERF”.  TERF stands for a trans-exclusionary radical feminist. The author has repeatedly stated that she supports feminist women who do not believe that transgender women are female and have been suspected of holding these beliefs for over a year now, the Insider quoted. On Saturday “JK Rowling is a TERF” trended on the microblogging site.

The author has repeatedly stated that she supports feminist women who do not believe that transgender women are female and have been suspected of holding these beliefs for over a year now.

This is not the first that Rowlings has been accused of making statements against the transgender community. There have been incidents in the past as well. Last December, a woman in the UK, was fired from her job as a tax researcher after she tweeted against the government’s Gender Recognition Act. Her tweets were deemed transphobic. However, Rowling seemed to agree with her.

Shreya is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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