Trans Women Statement: Chimamanda Adichie Is Unapologetic
Chimamanda is not sorry for her statement on trans-women and that’s final.
Acclaimed Nigerian writer and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is unapologetic and unwilling to back away from her recent statement on transgender women .
Her statement caused a widespread outcry last week.
It will be recalled that in an interview with Channel 4 News, Ms Adichie said the experiences of transgender women differ from women who are born female.
"My feeling is trans women are trans women"
Her comments drew immense criticism, resulting in Adichie posting a clarification of her earlier remarks on Facebook.
Addressing the controversy again at a public appearance in Washington D.C on Monday, March 20th, while promoting her book, "Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions," Adichie stated that she didn't apologize because she doesn't think she has anything to apologize for.
“From the very beginning, I think it’s been quite clear that there’s no way I could possibly say that trans women are not women. It’s the sort of thing to me that’s obvious, so I start from that obvious premise. Of course they are women but in talking about feminism and gender and all of that, it’s important for us to acknowledge the differences in experience of gender. That’s really what my point is."
"I didn’t apologize because I don’t think I have anything to apologize for," she continued.
"What’s interesting to me is this is in many ways about language and I think it also illustrates the less pleasant aspects of the American left that there sometimes is this is kind of language orthodoxy that you’re supposed to participate in, and when you don’t there’s kind of backlash that gets very personal and very hostile and very closed to debate," she said.