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Trans-women are different from women – Chimamanda Adichie

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Chimamanda Adichie

Feminist and author of Half of a yellow sun, Chimamanda Adichie, has said that trans-women are different from natural women.

Speaking in an interview, Adichie said that she doesn’t support the idea of conflating trans-women and natural women into one.

According to her, both have different issues and a trans-woman can’t be compared to a woman who has lived from the beginning in the world as a woman.

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“So, when people talk about, you know, “Are trans-women, women?”, my feeling is trans-women are trans-women,” she said.

“I think that 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 a penis, it’s about the way world treats us.

“And I think if you’ve lived in a world as a man, with the privileges that the world accords to men, and then sort of changed, 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’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 the issues of trans-women. Because I don’t think that’s true,” she concluded.

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