Before you part your lips to say something this cluelessly ignorant about us ever again.
Some of my TransGriot readers have asked me what are my thoughts concerning the jacked up comments that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has made in a British Channel 4 interview in which she made some negative comments about trans women,
After seeing the video, it pissed me off to the point I needed 24 hours to craft a response to it.
It’s obvious in this series of WTF level contradictory statements that Adichie has neither talked to or spent any time talking to trans women, and especially Black trans women.
If she had, she wouldn’t be facing the firestorm of criticism she’s getting now and me writing this post telling her to have several seats.
Doesn’t matter if trans women’s parents attempted to raise them as males with the male privilege that comes attached with that. The nanosecond we start taking hormones and our bodies morph to that female form, we lose whatever male privilege we have and get all the gender specific BS aimed at women on this planet.
There also crap that we get simply for being trans or seen as effeminate..
We in Trans Feminine World don’t and never have denied the fact there are certain aspects of our lives that are intrinsically different from a cis woman. But at the same time neither can you deny or dismiss the fact that there are also similarities in feminine life experiences with cis and trans women.
Neither can you deny unless you are being willfully ignorant and intellectually dishonest about it that trans women get sexually assaulted, murdered, discriminated against and disrespected simply for being and living as women on a plant hostile to femininity.
The fact that we have increasing numbers of trans women who have experienced life on this planet as female from childhood makes her comment problematically clueless. It also makes Adichie guilty of doing to trans women what she cautions people about in terms of making blanket statements based on a single narrative.
Chimamanda, it’s not like I and other Black trans women haven’t been telling our stories. Like your fellow feminists, you refuse to hear it. We’re tired of the facts free sliming that comes from feminists and TERF’s. We’re also tired as Black trans women of the racism that comes with those facts free lies about us we’ve heard since the disco era.
It’s also comments like these to borrow the words of my homegirl Bryanna Jenkins, that make Black trans women as reluctant to trust and embrace Black cis women as Black women are to trust white women.
But with a hostile Republican administration in place in Washington DC and various US states, if we want to solve the problems that impact all women, both cis and trans Black women are going to need to have those hard ongoing conversations in order to build the sisterhood we’ll need to make that collective action happen.
The base level of understanding we need from Black cis women to get this started is that Black trans women are women. We can go from there.
So sit your azz down Chimamanda and talk to a variety of Black trans women before you ever again part your lips to say something as problematic about us in a public setting ever again.