J.K. Rowling Faces Backlash After Anti-Transgender Tweets

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • J.K. Rowling is under scrutiny after people on the internet label her recent tweets as anti-transgender.
  • The author shared her opinion about an article on “people who menstruate”, later on, claiming that a person’s biological sense is not real.
  • The author insisted that she respects trans people’s rights and that there is nothing hateful about what she said.

World-renowned author J.K. Rowling faces scrutiny after her posts online were considered anti-transgender and transphobic by the people on the internet. The ‘Harry Potter’ author responded to her critiques, saying that they just do not like women.

J.K. Rowling shared her opinion online about an article on “people who menstruate” during this coronavirus pandemic. Per the article the author is referring to, “an estimated 1.8 billion girls, women and gender nonbinary persons menstruate, and this has not stopped because of the pandemic.”

Rowling said that there is no truth behind a person’s biological sense. The author said that “If sex isn’t real,” then there would be no attraction of women, whether same-sex or opposite sex.

“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,” she wrote.

Pro-LGBTQ groups responded to Rowling’s comments, directing harsh words her way. However, Rowling continued with her tweets.

“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.”

Rowling added that she respects “trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,” and later responded to people that consider her words anti-transgender. However, in this case, her words did not carry as much weight as the words written in the paperback or screenplays.

The comments directed at Rowling after voicing out her opinions did not stop after the author said that she respects trans people.

People on the internet continue to respond to her comments. “How do you not understand that there are people who aren’t you? What shapes your life isn’t what shapes others’ lives,” Ginny Hogan said.

“My daughter socially transitioned at 4. She turned 13 yesterday. Her entire memory of life has been shaped by being female!!! Because she IS female. And she absolutely would feel like you hated her if you denied that reality,” another user said.

Source: News Week

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