In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News, Adichie was asked if being a transgender woman makes you “any less of a real woman.”
Adichie explained why she can’t equate transgender women and women who were born female because they have had different life experiences.
“I think that trans women are trans women,” Adichie said. “I think the whole problem of gender in the world is about our experiences. It’s not about how we wear our hair or whether we have a vagina or penis, it’s about the way the world treats us.
“And I think if you’ve lived in the world as a man, with the privileges that the world accords to men, and then sort of changed, switched gender, it’s difficult for me to accept that then we can equate your experience with the experience of a woman who has lived from the beginning in the world as a woman, and who has not been accorded those privileges that men have.”
Okay, where is the lie in her statement?
Watch the interview via the player above.
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Several people on social media fired back at Adichie with their nonsensical ramblings about transgender women’s experiences, and we co-sign with this user who said: “Chimamanda being asked about trans women is like Lena Dunham being asked about Black women. It doesn’t work. We can speak for ourselves.”
Adichie responded on her Facebook page, emphasizing that women who were born female and transgender women do not have the same experiences.
“I do not believe that, say, a person who has lived in the world as a man for 30 years experiences gender in the same way as a person female since birth,” Adichie wrote. “To say this is not to exclude trans women from feminism or to suggest that trans issues are not feminist issues or to diminish the violence they experience — a violence that is pure misogyny.”
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