Many lashed out at the best-selling author, accusing her of being "transphobe". "I haven't had a period since 2017 - has my womanhood been paused until I can summon one?" said British author and relationship advice columnist Beth McColl.
"For those accusing her of transphobia", he continued, "please read what she wrote". "I'm sure there used to be a word for those people", Rowling tweeted Saturday. Someone help me out.
Rowling's comments went viral and generated more than 50,000 replies.
The Devex story outlines the "many gendered aspects of the pandemic", including estimates that there are 1.8 billion girls, women and gender non-binary people who menstruate and "still require menstrual materials, safe access to toilets, soap, water, and private spaces in the face of lockdown living conditions that have eliminated privacy for many populations".
The lived reality of biological women who identify with their gender is not being erased.
"I respect every trans person's right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them", she wrote.
Naturally, it was not received well. "If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction". Never assume that because someone thinks differently, they have no knowledge. My assigned sex at birth was male. "Gender is in the brain".
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"As white supremacy and its bedfellows sexism, classism and fascism are being loudly challenged on the streets, it seems remarkable to be reheating tepid, essentialist arguments against trans people", English told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Users also suggested that Rowling is a trans-exclusionary radical feminist for her views, a term better known by its acronym, TERF. I'd march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans, Rowling wrote on Twitter.
Amid a series of cascading tinderbox issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, decided Saturday (June 6) was the ideal time to tweet about trans folk - less than a week into LGBT+ Pride Month. "I do not believe it's hateful to say so", Rowling wrote.
Mind you, this isn't the first time that Rowling has expressed such views.
Her whole argument centred on this idea that "sex isn't real".
For many, Rowling's comments were an additional affront on top of her body of work.
Several other big names directly spoke out to condemn Rowling's statements.
How major U.S. stock indexes fared Friday
At the close in NYSE, the gained 3.15% to hit a new 3-months high, while the index added 2.62%, and the index climbed 2.06%. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones indexes are now down about 6 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively, from their all-time highs.