Jk Rowling sure chose the wrong time to make an ill-informed comment.
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Twitter on Outrage
On Saturday Jk Rowling tweeted in response to an Opinion article about equality in the healthcare system, Titled: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.
Rowling Tweeted: “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” she tweeted “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Various Twitter users were quick to remind the Harry Potter author that a woman is not defined as someone who also menstruates. Some Pointed out that women stop menstruating when they enter menopause. Transgender men can also menstruate.
Jk Rowling, however, didn’t retract her statement, She tweeted: “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”.
“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.”
Jk Rowling has in a past tweet stated that she doesn’t believe someone can truly change their sex, voicing her solidarity for researcher Maya Forstater, who lost her job after stating that people cannot change their biological sex.