On Monday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie defended comments she made to the U.K.’s Channel 4 News on the difference in experience between transgender women and cisgender women, the Guardian reported.
When asked whether a transgender woman was “any less of a real woman” because she was assigned male at birth, Adichie said that “trans women are trans women.”
Adichie went on to say that because transgender women once presented male, their experience is too different from cisgender women’s experience to equate the two.
Adichie stood by her comments two days later in a Facebook post to her author page, but the criticism was swift, especially from members of the transgender community. Actress Laverne Cox criticized Adichie’s analysis, saying it “isn’t intersectional” to believe that “all trans women transition from male privilege.” Read more (3/21/17 4:53 PM)