“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has once again drawn ire from transgender advocates. This time, the British writer commented on the phrase “people who menstruate” in an op-ed about healthcare inequality.
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling tweeted.
Last year, she was embroiled in a similar controversy for showing support for Maya Forstater, a researcher who stated that people cannot change their biological sex.
This time, Rowling fanned the flames by tweeting, “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.
The author’s tweets on Saturday inspired the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling on Sunday morning. Rowling’s messages were then swarmed by opponents and K-pop fans, the latter who lately have joined forces to suppress unpopular online messages.