The famous Harry Potter author JK Rowling faced backlash after she posted a tweet that suggestively turned out to be trans-phobic.
In the recent times, social media has been a catalyst when it comes to raising voices and effecting change. Twitter is one such strong platform. It is a platform that doesn’t hold back from questioning people on their faulty views and use of words. The same happened when author JK Rowling made a recent tweet. JK Rowling faced backlash after her tweet on ‘people who menstruate’ became a trending topic as people pointed out how the tweet was trans-phobic in nature. Her tweet caught more attention because of the ongoing fight against discrimination in race, gender and sexual orientation amongst other problematic societal norms.
Take a look at the tweet due to which JK Rowling faced backlash:
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
The author tweeted sharing her view on an article titled ‘Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.’ She tweeted saying there is a name for people who menstruate calling out only to the women. She ended up being a twitter trend as people started calling the tweet to be trans-phobic and anti-trans. It is a fact that there are many transmen and non-binary people who continue to and can also menstruate. While there are women who no longer or cannot menstruate. People shared how her tweet, especially during these times was inappropriate.
Here’s how the people on Twitter shared their backlash on the tweet:
Trans men exist and some of them menstruate.
Trans men are not women.
— ☠️ L̶i̵l̷i̶t̴h̷ ̴L̷o̷v̶e̵t̷t̷ ☠️ (@LilithLovett) June 7, 2020
That’s interesting, because I have endometriosis and an IUD in place to treat it, and therefore, I no longer menstruate. I haven’t had a menstrual cycle since early high school, and I’m 21. I guess I’m not a woman anymore? :/
— ? BLM // ACAB ? (@royallyqueer) June 6, 2020
Hi! I’m a man! I menstruate! Stop being an asshole!
— Zeke Smith (@zekerchief) June 6, 2020
— a million bees on fire (@LeonaQuartz) June 7, 2020
I know you know this because you have been told over and over and over again, but transgender men can menstruate. Non-binary people menstruate. I, a 37-year old woman with a uterus, have not menstruated in a decade.
Women are not defined by their periods.
— Aleen ? (@Aleen) June 6, 2020
Honestly, it’s amazing that you want this to taint your legacy. That this is something you want people to read on your in a biography about you or on your Wikipedia in 60 years.
— Chad ”Don’t Trust Deray” Vigorous (@PrettyBadLefty) June 6, 2020
People is the correct term, Rowling. Some women menstruate, some don’t. Some men menstruate, some don’t. Some non-binary people menstruate, and some don’t. It’s really not that hard of a concept to grasp. Keep your transphobia to yourself, please.
— Philliam Decklynious Haynesidious (@Canadian_Roses) June 7, 2020
Guess what @jk_rowling ?! My body is able to menstruate ??? Wrap your head around it. It’s not exclusively women who menstruate and not all women menstruate. It’s that easy. #thisiswhattranslookslike pic.twitter.com/KAqlOFLzx1
— Julius Schwerk (@julius_schwerk) June 7, 2020
Here’s a snap of me and my mum. I menstruate. She doesn’t. Not everyone who menstruates is a woman, and not all women menstruate. pic.twitter.com/VOJKacFDu6
— Ruairí (@morningruairi) June 7, 2020