J.K. Rowling accused of making “anti-trans comments” on Twitter

Written by on June 8, 2020

JK Rowling attends HBO's "Finding The Way Home" World Premiere at Hudson Yards on December 11, 2019 in New York City

JK Rowling has come under fire for making “anti-trans comments” on Twitter.

The Harry Potter author had taken issue with the phrasing of a headline for an opinion article about healthcare equality, titled Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.

“‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” she tweeted on Saturday. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

The tweet sparked a debate, with many criticising the writer for appearing to define a woman as someone who has a menstrual period.

Twitter users pointed out that many people who identify as women, such as transgender women and women who have gone through the menopause, may not get their periods, while some people who do not identify as female may still menstruate, such as trans men.

Full article on Sky News

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