As scattermoon points out, in addition to conflating sexual orientation for gender, Rowling is hardly a megaphone for gay rights. In fact, the only time she’s mentioned lesbians before is to justify her TERF tweets.
While we’re all upset about Rowling’s transphobia, Twitter user topsnare pointed out that if you look at the franchise through adult eyes, they are littered with discriminatory material.
As an adult who could easily access all the resources already available on the topic, Rowling shouldn’t need readers to educate her, but Twitter used kbrechtel tried to explain to the author that someone’s genitals do not correlate with their gender.
Mal Blum was quick to point out that now is not the time to make excuses for Rowling, or try to water down the harm caused by what she tweeted. Her tweets were transphobic, and it’s not the first time the author expressed such an opinion.
Many lesbians on the platform, such as user kdrabinski, made it clear that they wanted no part of this, and were quite aware that getting a period has nothing to do with their gender or their orientation.
As if the tweets weren’t upsetting enough, other former Harry Potter fans wondered how, in the middle of a pandemic and an anti-racist uprising, Rowling decided to make life worse for everyone with her crappy transphobic tweets.
But seriously, JK Rowling, do not use the queer community to justify your transphobia, not during Pride month, not ever.
Ahead of the tweets of Rowling’s embedded above, she also tweeted about an article about menstruation with a headline that uses gender-neutral language, saying, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” For someone who writes about magic, she certainly seems to be inflexible about language.
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