J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter author JK Rowling is facing criticism once again for transphobic rhetoric she’s using online.

The author’s latest controversy comes after she shared an article titled Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate with a caption mocking the phrase “People who menstruate.”

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Her tweet was captioned saying “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

People were swift in calling Rowling out for her anti-trans language online sparking a follow up from her doubling down on her ideas. She also called out people referring to her as a TERF, or trans exclusionary radical feminist.

“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,” she wrote.

“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.”

Numerous artists including HalseyLaura Jane GraceKim Petras and more have spoken out against her comments.

This is far from the first time JK Rowling has had accusations of transphobia levied against her.

She’s previously liked a tweet stating transgender women are “men in dresses” which a representative clumsily tried to cover up

In December, JK Rowling faced massive backlash for tweeting in support of Maya Forstater who lost her job for misgendering trans people.

Then, in May she was once again found following a number of anti-trans accounts and liking their tweets.

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