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JK Rowling Sparks Outrage For Promoting Online Store That Sells Vehemently Anti-Trans Merchandise

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JK Rowling has been quiet on Twitter since the release of her newest book, which saw heavy backlash due to the subject matter.

However, she recently popped her head up again, this time to show off a new shirt she purchased and promote the business who sold it.

The problem? The business is also incredibly transphobic, selling a ton of merchandise with anti-trans messaging.

Few people are surprised at this point.

The shirt JK Rowling purchased is innocuous enough. It reads “This Witch Doesn’t Burn” on cartoon ribbons.

But commenters quickly pointed out that the website also sells items under the category “Gender Critical”. This includes items such as stickers and badges with anti-trans messaging.

These include sayings such as:

“Transactivism is Misogyny”


“Lesbians Don’t Have Penises”

Internet commenters were up in arms over the promotion of the website.

The website, Wild Womyn Workshop, is run by Angela C. Wild, who also co-founded the anti-trans group, “Get the L Out” which wishes to see lesbians’ rights promoted above gay, queer and of course, trans rights.

JK Rowling promoted this website, despite claims she is not trans-phobic after several anti-trans comments and releasing a book which has a cis male serial killer who dresses as a woman to trap his victims.

It’s easy to see why people aren’t a fan of her positions.

This is your reminder that gender and sexual orientations are a spectrum and neither fall in a neatly defined binary. Even the idea of a binary view of human sex is consistently disproven.

Despite this, there are consistently people advocating against trans rights under some guise of “science” or with the claim that it takes rights away from other people.

JK Rowling has not commented on the controversy of the web store’s controversial views, but if the past is anything to go by, she won’t.

Ben Acosta

Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.