Anyone who is familiar with the Harry Potter series is well aware that quidditch was the sport played by wizards. Well, it’s also a sport that’s been adopted by many – though there are obviously a few changes to how it is played considering that it’s not possible to fly around on broomsticks.
Now, JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has been outspoken on a number of issues. And she is allowed to have a voice and opinions just like anyone else.
She has been particularly outspoken on how various trans individuals want to refer to themselves as “people who menstruate.” She said that there used to be a word for such people…referring to the word “women.”
Snowflakes from around the world clutched their pearls and burned their Harry Potter books because they couldn’t fathom the idea that Rowling was “anti-Trans.” To be clear, she’s not. However, she takes issue with the fact that people who menstruate are biological women. It’s not an opinion; it’s science. NBC News reported that the writer first came under fire in June 2020 when she criticized the phrase – and that led many of her fans to call her “transphobic.”
So as “athletes” who play a made-up game from a book and movie series get their feelings hurt, they’ve decided that they’re not going to keep the name “quidditch” since they can’t deal with the truth. After all, it’s not as if Rowling ever actually came forward to say that those in the trans community are anything other than human. She simply stated that those who menstruate are women. It’s a cold-hard truth.
Well, the name change was going to have to happen regardless of how Rowling thinks people should deal with their menstruation cycles. “Quidditch” is trademarked by Warner Brothers. As the sport has been expanding over the past few years, complete with broadcasting options and sponsorships, the trademarked name has been restricted.
Rowling has had to play the role of victim, too. So, it’s not as if the trans activists get to say what they want and march off into the sunset feeling as though they have overcome some great victory.
Rowling shared in a 4,000-word blog post after the tweet that she has been a survivor of domestic abuse and is “deeply concerned about the consequences of the current trans activism.”
Apparently, she wasn’t the beloved author that many assumed that she was. She had hundreds of activists contact her, threatening her with rape, pipe bombs, and more. The month hollowing her infamous tweet, she commented with “To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go.”
Now, back to Quidditch, the governing body of the sport, the International Quidditch Association, has said that inclusivity is one of the sport’s values. The association website shares that they want to be inclusive of the various backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, and ethnicities. That’s great – and they’re so inclusive that they have no problem with haters who are willing to threaten rape and murder to anyone who disagrees with basic science, too.
Rowling should not have come under such fire for expressing her comments – especially when virtually anyone in the medical field would agree that “people who menstruate” are identified as female. Those who have become trans men, completely, have their uteruses removed, thus no longer being able to menstruate. So, until that happens, they are still women.
Quidditch players now have to deal with their inclusivity while also deciding what they will call themselves. And they can say that they are distancing themselves from the author, but the reality is that, regardless of what the sport is called, it was created by the one and only JK Rowling.