Author J.K. Rowling was accused of making “anti-trans comments” on Twitter over the weekend, just six months after she came under fire for her support of a researcher who lost her job due to her.
The writer took issue with the wording of a headline for an opinion article, which read, “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” The article was written for Devex, a “media platform for the global development community,” according to its website.
‘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 https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure they’re used to be a word for those people,” Rowling tweeted Saturday evening. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Twitter users swiftly criticized the tweet fora woman as a person who has a menstrual period and equivocating one’s . Her followers pointed out that many people who identify as women, such as women and women who have gone through menopause, may not get their periods, while some people who do not identify as women may still menstruate, such as transgender men and some who identify as non-binary.