June 7 or hatred flared up
In comments to this post, Twitter users accused the writer of disrespectful and hostile attitude towards transsexuals, transgenders and people with non-binary gender. Despite the barrage of aggression, Joan calmly replied to the comments. Later, she wrote a couple of tweets where she said that she respected the right of everyone to live as they wanted to.
September 14 and a new wave of aggression
On September 15, J.K. Rowling's new Book, "Troubled blood", went on sale. In it, the character investigates the disappearance of Doctor Margot Bamborough, which occurred back in 1974, the serial killer-psychopath Dennis Creed is suspected in the crime . Reviews of the book were released by many publishers, including the newspaper The Telegraph. It notes that Creed is a cisgender man who dresses in women's clothes : "One wonders what critics of Rowling's stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress", wrote the reviewer Jake Kerridge.
After The Telegraph's review, a new wave of criticism has risen in social networks. On September 14, the hashtag #RIPJKRowling hotted Twitter trends hinting at the death of Rowling's career. However, if you read the tweets that come out with this hashtag, you can understand that there are people who keep posting comments asking her to die.
But maybe J.K. Rowling is wrong after all?
J.K. Rowling made an inaccuracy to some extent. Transgender men can have menstrual blood. This is what people tried to explain in the comments under her post: "Non-Binary people and transgender people can also have menstruation. And I, a 37-year-old woman with a uterus, haven't had a period in 10 years." Transgender people are also able to bear children. For example, transgender Kaci Sullivan from Wisconsin was born as a girl, but she gave birth to a child even after changing her gender. Sullivan talked about his pregnancy on YouTube. By the way, Sullivan refuses to declare the baby's gender, as he is going to raise "gender neutral" child until they grow up and make their own choice. "I don't like being asked what my child's gender is. He will decide for himself".
Why J.K. Rowling is right
"A woman is a woman. This concept exists and cannot be erased. A woman should not be called a menstruator because it erases the overall female experience" - this comment was given to me by my friend who considers herself a radical feminist. In general, if you look down the rabbit hole called "Twitter", you can see that there are a lot of aggressive people in the trans community who constantly criticize someone's statements and do it with great anger. But not everyone, of course.
What about «Troubled blood»... As I said earlier, the book tells the story of a serial killer Dennis Creed who wears a woman's coat and wig. But the character is not described as a transvestite. At all. Moreover, this character was based on the stories of real maniacs — Jerry Brudos and Russell Williams. Brudos killed four women in Oregon in the 1960s, and Williams was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 for murdering two women. Both criminals were stealing women's underwear. So where is the insult of the trans community, please tell me?!
But it doesn't even matter whose side you're on. You can condemn Rowling's opinion, or you can support it. The most burning theme which is important today – the cancel culture. This is the name given to the practice of condemning public figures and companies for their statements if they seem reprehensible or offensive to the public. People stop supporting such a person or a company, publicly criticize them, unsubscribe from their social media accounts. And you have no idea how disgustingly this is. No, seriously, people just don't understand how serious consequences of their tweets can be, which, oh my God, are so convenient to write from anonymous accounts! Have you heard of August Ames? So, this is a famous porn actress who refused to be in one porn video with a gay man because she was afraid that she could catch some desease from him. And the world community began to accuse her. They wrote her something like: "How could you beat this gay guy?", "creature", "die". For all of them, was it just a drop in the bucket, a meaningless tweet that they were trying to, I don't know, boost their self-esteem? And for August, it was a giant wave that eventually tore her down – she couldn't stand all that aggression and she killed herself.
In June, the writer made fun of the expression «people who have menstruation»:
"People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
"I know and love trans people but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. 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."