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  1. Khaleesi
    March 13, 2017

    GBAM!!!!! How could anyone not see this clearly? Even after reading the earlier article on this topic, i immediately understood that this is what she meant! People will always try to be mischievious. Miss Adichie, biko carry go!! you are a sage and have proven once again how seemingly unending your genius and intellect is!
    The nature of the trans woman’s struggle will always be different from that of the cis woman; they aren’t and can never be the same yet the reality of trans issues must never be ignored or trivialised. We can be inclusive while celebrating our diversity …

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    • Dennis Macaulay
      March 13, 2017

      Khaleesi don’t say that, she did not properly word her argument in the first instance. That point when she said that Trans women were Trans women was a low for her. She should have just acknowledged that they are women but experience gender differently and all this won’t be necessary.

      I’m happy she clarified tho, if I can get home early today I will pen my thoughts on intersectionalism

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  2. bruno
    March 13, 2017

    while i get most of where she is coming from.
    the truth is that trans women actually face a lot of misogyny. this male privilege she is referring to actually does not tolerate feminity. ask any effeminate gay man. the cult of masculinity is overtly and outrightly hostile towards feminity even in men. trans women don’t get half of the male privilege she assumes they do. I think it would be a good idea to familiarize herself with the experiences of a trans person before dismissing them as enjoying male privileges until transition. I think visibility is also part of the trans issue… it seems most people hear trans these days and think caitlyn jenner

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    • Khaleesi
      March 13, 2017

      Remember that not all trans women were effeminate men prior to transitioning; they therefore will escape the discrimination and bullying that targets effeminate men and are more likely to benefit from and enjoy the privileges that come with maleness …

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      • Dennis Macaulay
        March 13, 2017

        Khalessi you should read up Laverne Cox’s argument on Twitter to get a clearer perspective. Adichie fell into the trap of a single story which is sad because she warns us about the danger of a single story

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    • Pink Panther
      March 13, 2017

      Well said, Bruno. 👏👏👏👏

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  3. Edo
    March 13, 2017

    Oh please! let us be logical! trans women are not XX like cis women hence technically are not women! besides Mr Dennis, Mr Opinion, people are allowed to have their own views about things no? We don’t all have to see things from your view. I believe in everyone having equal rights though. CNA did not goof in anyway.

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    • Icarus
      March 13, 2017

      You mean biologically not technically. Plus just like that biology teacher wrote, there can be a lot of biological reasons that will make one not to feel comfortable in their own body. This goes way beyond genetics being that genetics is nothing but a blueprint. The thing about human physiology is that it transcends beyond genetics only. There are a lot of things that can influence expression of things. One of them being that the Y chromosome doesn’t technically make one “male” instead it’s a gene ( the SRY-gene) on the Y-chromosome and that gene could be affected by other genes on the Y as well as X chromosome (or the SRY-gene may not even be present at all) . This isn’t even taking into account biological makers, hormonal changes or even psychology. It’s also due to these factors that someone with the Gene for shortness will end up tall, now will you say that the tall person is short because the genes say otherwise? The truth is that what we see as gender is nothing but a sum total of all these factors and how society interprets what they see.
      I understand that trans issues is a rather hard thing to wrap ones head around but that’s one of the reason this blog was created- to educate.

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      • Pink Panther
        March 14, 2017

        👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
        I’m so getting educated myself.

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      • Delle
        March 14, 2017

        I am in love.

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  4. Icarus
    March 13, 2017

    The nuance in this article is on another level. Chimamanda is on another level.

    Dennis not everyone will be 105% politically correct all the time. The truth is that the main reason people are angry with that statement ‘transwomen are transwomen’ is that it’s not politically correct enough and the like CNA said their anger is very valid because of the need to make Trans more mainstream but the problem was that everyone was fast to jump on the train that she was transphobic without trying to see other explanations behind that statement. Although the statement was very vague and could be interpreted in different ways. Anyways she has clarified her thoughts and the world can rest.

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  5. Nuel
    March 13, 2017

    can u guys stop making mountain out of molehill… she has clarified her thoughts and should be respected for that!!! whether cis or trans women experience gender in a different way is subtle and quite dicey. I see no point of argument. what should be their concern is equal right and the violence against trans women…. the question of ‘experience’ is out of the question and overrated. y nt cure the epidemic instead of the symptoms. make una rest joor and take a bottle of vodka.

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  6. Pankar
    March 13, 2017

    Shoo? *wide eyes, protruded lips*, Vodka? That drink is evil. Careful.

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  7. Pankar
    March 13, 2017

    Anyway I had this same opinion as Adichie’s clarifcation after reading the first/ related post here, especially after the comments. And I think its just right, what she meant.. not discriminatory but definitely different, cis vs trans.

    Women should know better.
    She didnt goof at all.

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