Famed author JK Rowling has been attacked – and defended – for saying that ‘people who menstruate’ are women.

Responding to an article  headlined “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate” MS Rowling said:

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

 

Feminists say their identity and their rights are being erased by militant trangender activists, who insist that gender is a social construct. Ms Rowling immediately came under hostile fire for her comment on Twitter.

From a self-described “Intersectional Feminist” – who used to work for Elizabeth Warren.

Lots were abusive: 

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Many others defended her: 

 

And pointed to vindictive actions seeking to silence women. 

 

The renowned author didn’t hold back in answering her critics.

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she wrote. “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 said.

“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,” Ms Rowling continued. “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.”

“I’ve spent much of the last three years reading books, blogs and scientific papers by trans people, medics and gender specialists,” she wrote. “I know exactly what the distinction is. Never assume that because someone thinks differently, they have no knowledge.”

And finally:

 

The article Ms Rowling referred to was published by Devex which describes itself as “the media platform for the global development community” and “The largest provider of recruiting and business development services for global development.”