The backlash came after the 55-year-old writer shared an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate” alongside a tweet that read, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” she added. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
“I think I’m never getting another tattoo for the rest of my life. I got a Harry Potter tattoo years ago because I’m not psychic,” the comedian said. “It really hurt, because I have a close connection to those movies.”
He continued, “What’s wrong with her? She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox? She’s a national treasure.”
J.K. Rowling declined J-14‘s request for comment.
After being slammed online, the writer defended her post in a Twitter thread and in a lengthy statement on her website explaining that she has been “researching this issue properly” for a while, and listed various psychiatrists and physicians who support her points.
“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 — i.e, to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense,” she wrote. “I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”
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