Nigerian writer refused to apologize to trans 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)

Being asked whether she considers trans women to be women Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie responded “Trans women are trans women” and now she says that she did not offend anybody and did not deny that trans women are women, that is why she feels there is nothing to apologize for. The 39-year-old added that trans women could not be placed in the same category as cis women because they had experienced male privilege.“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,” she says, “But because ‘cis’ is not a part of my vocabulary – it just isn’t – it really becomes about language and the reason I find that troubling is to insist that you have to speak in a certain way and use certain expressions, otherwise we cannot have a conversation, can close up debate”. She said this concept was “a really hollow idea that if we say we don’t see colour, then somehow all the oppressions will disappear. That’s not the case. I think there were people who felt I was somehow making a point about the Oppression Olympics: you haven’t suffered enough. It’s not at all that. It’s simply to see that if we can acknowledge there are differences, then we can better honestly talk about things.”

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