According to a 2015 report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day and a high percentage of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, including Nigeria. A recent UNICEF report states that for every 10 minutes, one woman dies on account of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria.
This is one reason among many that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does not believe in equating the experiences of trans women/ girls and women and girls born, well, women and girls. And then there is Boko Haram, female genital mutilation, child marriage, girls being banned from school because they menstruate.
In case you have no idea what I am talking about, there is a backlash against Chimamanda from supposedly intersectional feminists because she didn’t tout the Liberal Feminist line that trans women ARE women and thus there is some shared experience – despite the fact that trans woman, even if they lived in Africa, would never experience any of the issues I just mentioned.
Chimamanda’s book “Americana” was groundbreaking in how it centered the experience of an African woman in the United States. And Chimamanda continues to center African women in her Feminism, and African women face specific challenges, the tackling of which will be undermined by collapsing the experiences of girls and women into those of trans women. This is because many of them not only are due to being born female, but are due to actual female reproduction and genitalia.
And yet, instead of actually critically thinking about Chimamanda’s statement, Western gender identity reigns supreme and trans activist Raquel Willis compared Chimimanda to LENA DUNHAM. While others called her a “TWERF!”
If your Feminism places Western feminism – and trans identity is very Western – against all other forms of Feminism, than you are not actually an intersectional Feminist. Chimamanda is a very important voice in Feminism in her representation of African women and she should not be silenced and name called. It is simply unacceptable.