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JK Rowling Under Fire For Transphobic Tweets

JK Rowling, the author of the beloved Harry Potter books, is receiving a whole lot of criticism after tweeting several transphobic sentiments over the weekend. The internationally acclaimed writer took to Twitter with claims that a) you have to be a woman to menstruate, and b) trans women aren't actually women - and that their "claim" of the sex undermines the experiences of true women. 

Rowling has a long history of being a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), and she's not alone. Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts has been widely criticized for anti-trans tweets, and Graham Lineman (creator of The IT Crowd) has never been shy about his own TERF beliefs. Rowling just seems to get more attention for her backwards beliefs because she of her influence as the author of the Harry Potter series. She's very visible, and many people on Twitter have been quick to decry her exclusionary views. And we can't blame them. For someone who is heralded for bringing diversity to her imaginary wizarding world, she falls very short within her own politics. And the following Twitter users were eager to call her out. 

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    Text - J.K. Rowling O @jk_rowling 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. 6:02 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - J.K. Rowling O @jk_rowling 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. 7:09 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - J.K. Rowling O @jk_rowling I respect every trans person's right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. l'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. 7:16 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - J.K. Rowling @jk_rowling '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 Opinion: Creating a more equal post- COVID-19 world for people who menstruate devex.com
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    Text - @GoVegTJS Replying to @doomchurch and @jk_rowling News flash: no one is trying to take anything away from you. I'm guessing you also think marriage equality somehow harms hetero marriages? EQUAL RIGHTS FOR OTHERS DOES NOT MEAN LESS RIGHTS FOR YOU. IT'S NOT PIE. Svagarchy
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    Text - taylor ! @taytaycrews Replying to @jk_rowling there is sooo much to unpack here. first of all trans people ARE discriminated against on the basis of being trans, there is no "if", and here you are, not marching with the LGBT community. 7:23 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Darrell C. Scott @DarrellC_Scott Replying to @jk_rowling Your experience as a woman is NOT the only experience that deserves a voice. Trans women are women with their own experience and struggle. They have literally been killed simply for being trans. Your belittling of their struggle because it was not yours, is ignorant. GIF
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    Text - jenna @jennapool23 Replying to @jk_rowling "l'd march with you if you were discriminated against" while shes actively discriminating against them.... Okay. GIFSecicom GIF
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    Text - Gina (she her) @magicginnyy Replying to @jk_rowling IF?? IF they were discriminated against???? Harfy Potter Aucketyf Tes Batch and the
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    Text - Molly Knox Ostertag @MollyOstertag Replying to @jk_rowling WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BLACK LIVES MATTER UPRISING AND YOU FEEL LIKE THIS??? IS THE TIME TO GO ON A TRANSPHOBIC SCREED ABOUT BIOLOGICAL GENDER?????? HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT RESPECT 8:28 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Molly Knox Ostertag @MollyOstertag Replying to @MollyOstertag and @jk_rowling YOU WERE SET OFF ON THIS BY A HEADLINE??? PEOPLE ARE GETTING MURDERED IN THE STREETS, BLACK TRANS WOMEN DIE AT HORRIFYING RATES, AND YOU FEEL THAT YOUR PERCEIVED OPPRESSION BY AN INCLUSIVE HEADLINE NEEDS TO BE SPOKEN AT THIS MOMENT? 8:31 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Debi Jackson @the_debijackson Replying to @jk_rowling My daughter socially transitioned at 4. She turned 13 yesterday. Her entire memory of life has been shaped by being female!!! Because she IS female. And she absolutely would feel like you hated her if you denied that reality. 7:21 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Sonia Poulton @SoniaPoulton JK Rowling's tweets have brought new misogynists to the yard. The newbies are like the oldies. These men are 'better feminists', think being a woman is debatable & want us to die in fires if we disagree. There's not a man alive who can tell me anything about being a woman. Ever. 7:32 AM · 6/8/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Sebastián González @seb_esc_420 I can't believe that I'm having to post about this shit during a PANDEMIC and the BLM movement but here we are #JKRowling #TERF I LOVE HONEY! BUT You KNOW WHAT I DON'T LOVE? Transphobia 10
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    Architecture - emilee @ryrovinyl society if jk rowling shut the fuck up 7:59 AM · 6/8/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Face - Jarvis Dupont @JarvisDupont Art imitates life O #JKRowling PURE BLOODS ONIY
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    Text - Roisin O'Connor @Roisin_OConnor JK Rowling: "Women can't be men." Also JK Rowling: ROBERT GALBRAITH The Number One Bestseller THE CUCKOO'S CALLING A STRIKE NOVEL
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    Text - Anthony Oliveira @meakoopa JK Rowling is suddenly extremely worried that trans rights will mean lesbians will be erased so i did a quick google to see how many pages the Harry Potter books are and it's 4224 pages and then i googled how many lesbians are in it and 12:48 AM · 6/8/20 · Twitter for iPhone 10.9K Retweets 67K Likes Anthony Oliveira @meakoopa · 9h Replying to @meakoopa is it possible that queer representation is not in fact a great passion of hers after all 78 27 1,309 29.8K
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    Text - alice @grangershugs umbridge's patronus is jk rowling 6:59 PM · 6/7/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Emily Yoshida O @emilyyoshida Everyone not just trans women should be furious at the notion that menstruating=womanhood!!!!!!!!! 7:22 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter Web App
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    Text - Famous British Author Who Is A TERF @famous_terf jk rowling has died 9:44 PM · 6/6/20 · Twitter Web App ****..
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    Text - Riley J. Dennis @RileyJayDennis my favorite fun fact about the Harry Potter series is that it actually does not have an author. like we just have no clue who wrote those books. and I think that's beautiful
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    Text - Elle Maruska (they/them) @ellle_em Replying to @jk_rowling Your timing is about as good as your ability to write diverse characters 3:57 AM · 6/7/20 · Twitter for Android
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    Text - Kelly Ellis O @justkelly_ok Replying to @justkelly_ok and @jk_rowling Imagine logging on to be transphobic in the middle of a global pandemic and worldwide protests of racism.
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    Text - Stevie @stevieboebi LGBTQ+ people during pride month 2019: GLove is LovetG LGBTQ+ people during pride month 2020: FUCK SYSTEMIC RACISM, FUCK THE POLICE AND FUCK JK ROWLING!!!!!!!! 5:24 AM · 6/8/20 · Twitter for iPhone
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    Text - Zeke Smith @zekerchief Replying to @jk_rowling I'm a gay man! So is my boyfriend! Together, we're an internationally recognized gay couple! I'm trans! He's not! But we're both legally men! We could only be married so long as "same-sex marriage" is legal! Even though we have different genitals! Are you saying we're not gay?!? OUT100
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