The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe and Wade was spark heavier discussions about the female body, but they affect more people than just transgender women.
Bette Midler expressed her displeasure with language that included all possible pregnancies instead of simplifying the definition for women.
Her comments are in line with those of Macy Gray and J.K. Rowling, who have been accused of being transgender by arguing that non-transgender women do not fall into the same category.
Although Midler, Gray, and Rowling all voiced support for the women’s rights movement, it didn’t intermingle.
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Bette Midler says transgender language will ‘wipe out’ women
“WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights to our bodies, our lives and even our names! They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthers’ or ‘menstruating people’, and even ‘vaginal people’! “, Midler tweeted Monday.
The “Hocus Pocus” star added: “Don’t let them wipe you out! Every human on earth is indebted to you!”
Midler executed”rigid binary“, according to critics.
“Don’t fall in love with fake anti-trans nonsense. No one erases women“Irish drag queen and gay rights activist Panti Bliss respond.” In some minor health care cases, where appropriate, they use transgender language. That is all.”
“Bad Feminist” author Roxane Gay added: “No one is trying to erase women with inclusive language about people who need abortion care. No one calls you anything but what you like. In return, you should extend that courtesy. “
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Gray and Piers Morgan participated in a discussion about transgender women competing in women’s sports on his show “Uncensored” on Monday. “I’ll say this and people will hate me, but as a woman, just because you change your identity doesn’t make you a woman, sorry,” the “I Try” singer ” Speak up. “I know that’s a fact.”
She continued: “If you want me to call you her, I will, because that’s what you want, but that doesn’t make you a woman.”
Gray says that the “unique experience” she had as a little girl shaped her role as a woman, a belief she feels is necessary to call someone a woman.
In a tweet, she said “there is no bigger admirer than (community) LGBT“than her.” It takes real balls to be honest about who you are. “
“‘Woman’ is a title that you earn and become. Just like ‘man’,” Gray continued. “There are a lot of women who aren’t women yet and every girl has that.”
Rowling, who has also faced controversy over transgender language when discussing women’s rights, supported Gray on Twitter. “Today felt like a good day to make sure I bought the entire back catalog of @MacyGraysLife,” the “Harry Potter” author wrote.
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Why are Bette Midler and Macy Gray’s comments considered offensive?
Trystan Reese, an educator and consultant training health professionals in LGBTQ inclusion, told USA TODAY in May 2021, the laws are just beginning to include gender-neutral language.
Several state bills enacted in 2019 use gender-neutral language. And the pandemic has prompted some states to scrutinize healthcare-related legislation and update terminology, Reese said.
The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, did not use sexist language, but it did prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, which the Obama administration has widely interpreted. In April 2021, the Biden administration announced it would reverse Trump-era policy and once again protect transgender people against sexism in healthcare.
Inclusive language, especially in the healthcare sector, is what allows people other than transgender women to receive the appropriate treatment they need – including during pregnancy and abortion. Midler and Gray’s narrower definitions of women and those who should benefit from women’s rights are both diabolical because of the real consequences it has on a person’s ability to survive.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and chief executive officer of GLAAD, said that the “recent anti-transgender rhetoric” from public figures like Midler and Gray was “contributing to a dangerous and utterly destructive narrative”. incorrect that transgender people are somehow threatening the overall rights of transgender women.”
“Women and transgender people are in a shared battle for body autonomy and privacy,” Ellis said in a statement to USA TODAY. “Transgender women, transgender people and non-binary people must come together to fight those who seek to divide us.”
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What is TERF?
Rowling, Midler and Gray have been labeled TERFs because their comments discriminated against women.
TERF is an acronym for Radical Transgender Feminists. This term describes feminists who are homosexual.
While some so-called TERFs find the word offensive, LGBTQ advocates argue that those with such views deny who trans people are completely and go against what the medical community believes. accepted as scientific facts about gender and sexuality today.
Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, told USA TODAY.
McBride notes that these views are rejected not only by most feminists in the US and LGBTQ rights advocates, but also by the mainstream medical community.
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Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Hannah Yasharoff, Grace Hauck