The New York Instances attacked Harry Potter writer J.Okay. Rowling (once more!) for stating the plain actuality that solely ladies have the power to menstruate. London-based reporter Jenny Gross’s piece made Monday’s paper: “Groups Label Author’s Post On Twitter As Insensitive.”
The story featured solely critics of Rowling, lengthy focused by radical transgender activists on Twitter for her cussed adherence to the organic actuality that males are women and men are ladies.
However the story’s greater journalistic crime was an editorial element. The unique URL hyperlink on the prime of the story (preserved right here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/07/arts/jk-rowling-terf-transphobic.html) really contained the slur “terf,” a derogatory and decidedly un-journalistic acronym employed by trans activists to smear their feminist opponents.
It stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminists.” The URL additionally included the insult “transphobic,” although the hyperlink now resolves right into a extra typical URL. (The time period “terf” had beforehand appeared within the Instances solely in trans-activist opinion pieces.)
J.Okay. Rowling, the creator of the favored “Harry Potter” collection, got here underneath hearth from L.G.B.T.Q. teams after she took goal at an article that referred to “individuals who menstruate.”
“An estimated 1.eight billion ladies, ladies and gender nonbinary individuals menstruate, and this has not stopped due to the pandemic,” wrote the authors of the article, which was revealed on the media platform Devex.com.
On Saturday, Ms. Rowling wrote on Twitter, the place she has 14.5 million followers: “‘Individuals who menstruate.’ I’m positive there was a phrase for these individuals. Somebody assist me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Her Twitter publish seemed to be responding to a line that described the “menstrual well being and hygiene wants of women, ladies and all individuals who menstruate.”
The backlash was swift, with customers calling out her feedback as being anti-transgender individuals.
One consumer wrote on Twitter: “I made a decision to not kill myself as a result of I needed to know the way Harry’s story ended. For a very long time, that was all that saved me alive. Till I met my husband who helped me study to like myself and to wish to stay. You simply insulted him to my face.”
Glaad, an L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy group, condemned Ms. Rowling’s feedback. “In search of some summer season studying?” the group wrote on Twitter. “‘Percy Jackson’ writer Rick Riordan isn’t transphobic.”
Ms. Rowling responded with messages referring to intercourse and to her assist for transgender individuals.
“If intercourse isn’t actual, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she wrote on Twitter. “If intercourse isn’t actual, the lived actuality of ladies globally is erased. I do know and love trans individuals, however erasing the idea of intercourse removes the power of many to meaningfully focus on their lives. It isn’t hate to talk the reality.”
The paper referenced an earlier Rowling transgender tiff:
Even earlier than the December publish on Twitter, there had already been suspicions amongst some L.G.B.T.Q. supporters that Ms. Rowling held adverse views of transgender individuals. In 2018, she favored a Twitter publish that referred to transgender ladies as “males in attire.”
Instances reporter Liam Stack additionally denounced Rowling for similar wrongthink in December 2019.