J.K Rowling, author of world-renowned Harry potter series is once again getting a lot heat because of her tweet. On 6th June, she shared an article that read, “opinion: creating a more equal post covid-19 world for people who menstruate”. While sharing the article, she wrote, “people who menstruate. I am sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
She got a lot of criticism for her response to the article and the series of tweets she shared after that. One such tweet in her series read, “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. 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 later addressed the criticism she received in a blog on 10th June. In her blog, she gave 5 reasons why she is worried about the new trans activism. She also wrote, “I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman — and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones — then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth.”
After the controversy, many of the harry potter movie actors came forward and condemned the author’s controversial remarks. Daniel Radcliff who rose to fame as the lead of the series movie adaptation was one of the first ones to speak up. He said, “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”
He also addressed the millions of fans of the harry potter series saying, “To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you.” He added, “if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion, nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.”
He was later joined in by his other co-stars. Emma Watson, who played the role of Hermione Granger expressed her support to the trans community through her tweet. “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.”
Rupert Grint, who played the role of Ron Weasley is the latest among the series actors who came forward in support of the Trans community saying, “I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment”.