“Let us shout in unison and through the force of our voices stop this fresh madness,” Hungarian publicist and columnist Ottó Gajdics wrote in an opinion piece in Hungarian conservative daily Magyar Nemzet, in reaction to a recent tweet by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, which sparked a wave of transphobia accusations against her.
‘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
The tweet was made four days before Rowling published an article on her website explaining why she is speaking up about trans and gender issues. She lists a number of reasons, including a belief in freedom of speech, but also says she is concerned about the rapid growth in women transitioning.
“I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility,” she wrote.
In the article, she points to the explosive growth in women transitioning as an area for major concern and accused progressives for shouting down, doxxing and canceling anyone who disagrees with the narrative that gender can be changed.
“Most people probably aren’t aware – I certainly wasn’t, until I started researching this issue properly – that ten years ago, the majority of people wanting to transition to the opposite sex were male. That ratio has now reversed. The UK has experienced a 4400% increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment. Autistic girls are hugely overrepresented in their numbers,” she wrote.
The Hungarian columnist, Gajdics, starts by recounting the string of events which led to the accusations. First, the British author wrote a tweet in reaction to an article on menstrual health by media platform Devex, writing, “People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
The title of the Devex opinion article was “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate”. Rowling was defended by many for her tweet but also received hateful comments from a number of liberals and trans activists.
Gajdics then goes on to mention how actor Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame immediately reacted by saying that, “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”
“Unfortunately, Daniel Radcliffe is one of those child actors who only get more stupid with age,” Gajdics wrote. “The poor guy obviously didn’t have time to attend school between shoots, consequently his text interpretation and biology knowledge are akin to having been raised in segregation.”
Gajdics continues to say that Rowling was entirely correct in stating that those who menstruate are undeniably women.
“Not all women menstruate. But anyone who does, is most certainly female,” Gajdics wrote. “This is all Rowling said, and she is obviously right. Use of normal language does not deprive anyone of their personality, much less their dignity.”
“[Daniel Radcliffe] can’t even reach the ankles of Rowling, whom he can thank for his fame even as he partakes in her execution for whatever reason.”
Transgender issues have recently come to the fore in Hungary as well. The Hungarian government has recently set biological gender into law, which means that people cannot change their gender for official government documents such as driver’s licenses or birth certificates even if they medically transition to a different gender. The government argues that one cannot change their biological sex.
Title image: In a Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, author and Lumos Foundation founder J.K. Rowling attends the HBO Documentary Films premiere of “Finding the Way Home” at 30 Hudson Yards, in New York. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has fallen under scrutiny after her series of tweets Saturday, June 6, 2020 were deemed as trans phobic.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)