“‘People who have their periods.’ I’m sure there was a word for these people, ” Rowling tweeted Saturday night. “Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
Twitter users were quick to criticize the tweet fora woman as a person who has a menstrual and equivocal period . His followers pointed out that many people who identify as women, such as women and women who have experienced menopause, may not get their periods, while some people who do not identify as women can still menstruate, such as transgender men and some who identify as non-binary.
“I know you know because you’ve been told it over and over again, but transgender men can have their periods,” tweeted user @Aleen. “Non-binary people have their periods. I, a 37-year-old woman with a uterus, have not been menstruating for a decade. Women are not defined by their rules.
“What happens when women enter menopause? What about women who had hysterectomies? Who don’t have the rules because of hormonal problems? Aren’t they women? user @coherentstates sent back. “Nothing you say prevents trans women from being women.”
Rowling posted an additional series of tweets Saturday night trying to defend and explain his earlier statement, now viral.
“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex eliminates the ability of many to discuss their lives meaningfully. It’s not hate to tell the truth,” Rowling tweeted. “The idea that women like me, who have been empathetic to transgender people for decades, feel related because they are vulnerable in the same way as women — that is, male violence — “hate” trans people because they think sex is real and they have experienced consequences — is nonsense.”
However, his additional messages only added to the controversy, as many disputed his trans and non-binary-inclusive language framing as “erasing the concept of sex.”
“JK Rowling continues to align with an ideology that deliberately distorts the facts about gender identity and trans people. In 2020, there is no excuse to target trans people,” tweeted GLAAD. The organization also encouraged its supporters to direct their “legitimate anger” toward “something positive” and to donate to various organizations that support the black transgender community.
“Trans women are women. Trans-Black and non-Black trans people are discriminated against every day,” tweeted by Jonathan Van Ness Netflix show “Queer Eye.” “They die. We’re fighting for blacks and trans people and you’re doing that?
This incident is far from the first time that the author — who recently announced the release of a— has been under fire for his comments on the transgender community.
In December, Rowlingfor researcher Maya Forstater, who lost her job because of transphobic tweets after losing a lawsuit against her former employer.
“Dress as you please. Call yourself whatever you want. Sleep with any consenting adult who will have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But forcing women out of their jobs to declare that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill, Rowling Tweeted at the time.
Rowling’s support has drawn widespread criticism online, including from the Campaign for Human Rights and other major organizations.