Margaret Atwoodwho is best known for writing the series “The Handmaid’s Tale”, shared the article on his Twitter profile last Tuesday, 19, and was the subject of controversy accusing him of transphobia.
Article, written by columnist Rosie DiMannoentitled “Why can’t we say ‘girl’ anymore?” criticized the use of neutral language especially in terms of gender, arguing that it would lead to the “elimination of women”.
This would render “well-meaning people speechless, lest they be attacked as transphobic or insensitive to increasingly complex gender constructs” by replacing the word “woman” with another term.
not text, DiManno wrote that “the word woman is in danger of becoming a dirty word” and could be “omitted from official vocabulary, removed from medical vocabulary and removed from conversation”.
Why can’t we say ‘women’ anymore? https://t.co/ghcQDJgxWE through @torontostar
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) October 19, 2021
Although woodsimply submitting articles, without writing subtitles or comments, the act itself made him the target of controversy. Many internet users accused the author of transphobia and started efforts to raise awareness, as reported by UOL.
One argues, “Many organizations — rightly — choose the right language when it comes to things that have to do with biological characteristics over gender identity. Not an attack on femininity, NOT to equate gender with a particular biology.”
No one forbids the word “woman”. Many organizations—rightly—choose the right language when it comes to matters relating to biological traits over gender identity. It is not an attack on femininity to NOT equate gender with a certain biology.
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) October 19, 2021
Amanda Jette Knoxan American journalist, also commented on the incident: “I’m disappointed you’re sharing this, because it’s not true. We can still say ‘women’ and we can also say ‘people’ when it makes sense to use more inclusive language. I’m not binary. . I had my period and gave birth to 3 children. Saying ‘people who are menstruating’ includes women AND me.”
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