by Ellen McGirt
Originally published: March 16,2017
Beloved writer and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie got herself in more than a bit of trouble recently, after she made some public remarks that called into question her understanding of the lives of trans women.
"If you've lived in the world as a man, with the privileges that the world accords to men, and then sort of switched gender, it's difficult for me to accept that then we can equate your experience with the experience of a woman who has lived from the beginning in the world as a woman," she said in an interview with Britain’s Channel 4.
Later in a follow-up post to Facebook, she attempted to clarify her thoughts. “I think the impulse to say that trans women are women just like women born female are women comes from a need to make trans issues mainstream,” a noble but disingenuous impulse. “The intent is a good one but the strategy feels untrue. Diversity does not have to mean division.”