Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, over the weekend got herself into trouble over gender identity after the comments she made about transgender women during an interview with the U.K Channels.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, over the weekend got herself into trouble over gender identity after the comments she made about transgender women during an interview with the U.K Channels.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, over the weekend got herself into trouble over gender identity after the comments she made about transgender women during an interview with the U.K Channels.

She has come to clarify herself "...I said, in an interview, that trans women are trans women, that they are people who, having been born male, benefited from the privileges that the world affords men, and that we should not say that the experience of women born female is the same as the experience of trans women.

This upset many people, and I consider their concerns to be valid. I realize that I occupy this strange position of being a ‘voice’ for gender rights and so there is an automatic import to my words.

She added "...I think of feminism as Feminisms. Race and class shape our experience of gender. Sexuality shapes our experience of gender. And so when I say that I think trans women are trans women, it is not to diminish or exclude trans women but to say that we cannot insist – no matter how good our intentions – that they are the same as women born female. Nor do I think that we need to insist that both are the same.

To acknowledge different experiences is to start to move towards more fluid – and therefore more honest and true to the real world – conceptions of gender"

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