Author Margaret Atwood faced backlash from progressives after sharing column about erasing women
On Tuesday, the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” posted an opinion piece on his Toronto Star Twitter account titled “Why Can’t We Say ‘Woman’ No More?” The article wrote that “‘Woman’ risks becoming a dirty word” because of the political correctness of social justice.
Columnist Rosie DiManno also denounced tactics to change “women” to “people” as harmful to leave “well-meaning people speechless, lest they be attacked as transphobic or unresponsive to growing constructions. complexes of the kind ”.
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Although Atwood is criticized by progressives, she has often received their support and praise for her fictional story about Gilead, where women are property and are forced to bear children. Progressives frequently use “The Handmaid’s Tale” comparisons when they criticize pro-life and conservative policies and have disguised themselves as characters from history during protests.
Author Katie Mack wrote: “No one forbids the word ‘woman.’ Many organizations – and rightly so – opt for precise language when talking about things that have to do with biological traits rather than the Gender identity. It is not an attack on femininity NOT to equate gender with a specific biology. “
“Welp, this is a no-follow,” wrote Tabatha Southey, writer for the National Post.
Freelance writer Niko Stratis also tweeted “Atwood wading in TERF waters is a completely surprising development.”
TERF stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist, which trans activists refer to as feminist but reject the claim that trans women are women. Harry Potter author JK Rowling has also been accused of being a “terf” for his views on gender and sex.
Despite the backlash, Atwood defended the article in subsequent tweets.
“Maybe you should read Rosie’s article?” she tweeted to an angry user.
“Read her article. She’s not a Terf,” Atwood continued.
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Atwood, who often sides with the progressives on issues, criticized former President Trump and admitted that the Hulu series adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” had been altered to “reflect our reality” under a presidency Trump.
“It’s not the show that has changed, the setting has changed and because the show has updated itself until now, as they write, they are able to reflect our reality,” he said. -she explains. “So you will see things in season two that may sound quite familiar to you.”