Feminist from Beyonce’s video says trans women are not women

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 18: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie receives an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University during the commencement ceremony at the Royal Farms Arena on May 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

One of the leading feminist writers appeared on Channel 4 to say that she does not consider transgender women to be women. Chimamanda Adichie, who is renowned for her feminist rhetoric and an appearance in Beyoncé videos was invited to take part in the discussion of the rights of transgender women but it appeared that she does not admit their womanhood at all. “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,” she said adding that trans women cannot be feminine enough because of the male privilege (although trans women, including awarded actress Laverne Cox, actively disagree with it). “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 of the world accords to men and then sort of changed or switched gender, it’s difficult for me to accept that then we can equate to 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 are. I think there has to be, and I’m saying this also with, sort of, a certainty that transgender people should be allowed to be. But I don’t think it’s a good thing to conflate everything into one. I don’t think it’s a good thing to talk about women’s issues being exactly the same as trans women because I don’t think that’s true,” she added.

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