JK Rowling’s Twitter caused a stir in cyberspace. He was accused of not taking sides with transgender community groups due to commenting on an article.
On Saturday (6/6), Rowling commented on an article discussing the vulnerability of women and non-binary groups or genderqueers who are menstruating against post-pandemic situations.
Upon the naming of “men who menstruate”, JK Rowling commented, “” Men who menstruate. I am sure there is a use of the word for these people. Someone help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? “
Apparently, the tweet caused criticism from netizens. JK Rowling is called anti-trans and transfobia towards transgender, non-binary or genderqueer groups who also experience menstruation.
Non-binary gender or genderqueer is a gender term used to describe a group of people with gender identities not specific to men or women, regardless of physical appearance or physical or biological gender.
Rowling then responded to the criticism that came to her. “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.” Rowling said.
“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.” she continued.
LGBT community advocacy agency, GLAAD also responded to JK Rowling’s tweet. They said the British writer had claimed to join an ideology “deliberately changing facts about gender identities and trans people. By 2020, there is no reason to target trans people.”
This is not the first time JK Rowling’s opinion has drawn criticism from LGBT supporters. Last December, he also received many insults after supporting a researcher who lost his job after calling someone unable to change his biological sex.
“JK Rowling, whose books give children hope that they can work together to create a better world, has now aligned itself with anti-science ideologies that deny the basic humanity of transgender people,” said GLAAD’s talent head, Anthony Ramos.
“Trans men, trans women and non-binary people are not a threat, and to imply otherwise putting trans people at risk. Now is the time for supporters who know and support trans people to talk and support their fundamental rights to be treated equally and fair. ” he continued, quoted from Variety.