British actress Alice Eve has been criticised for comments she made on social media.
In a series of now-deleted Instagram posts, Alice commented on the Bruce Jenner interview that aired on Friday to 17 million viewers and mostly positive feedback. Alice insisted that, in effect, there was no such thing as a transperson. Only someone of one gender pretending to be another. And that someone like Bruce would never be female due to the anatomy they were born with.
‘For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.’
Nope. If you were a woman, no one would have heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon. You wouldn’t be a hero. You would be a frustrated young athlete who wasn’t given a chance. So you do you.
After, rightly, being ripped apart in the Instagram comments, Alice attempted to clarify: “I do agree that the struggle for transgenders is unique and horrific. However, I do want to also support a cause I strongly believe in, the right for women to have equal rights to men. The transgender equality struggle is the next one, as we all know. And very real it is, too.”
Then, she really doubled down! Making even more bigoted comments than in the first post (basically, getting more transphobic with every comment).
Let me clarify:
Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a “woman” while retaining the benefits of being a man is unfair.
If you have gone through the process of hormones and had an operation then you aren’t subject to better economic treatment. Then, you are a woman.
Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men?
Then my friend, you are a woman.
Alice appeared to be attempting to talk about feminism. But she really just dismissed transwoman as non-women.
After mostly negative feedback, she deleted all the posts and replaced them with a photo of David Bowie with the text overlaid: “I am a supporter of anyone who wishes to explore their gender identity. Sometimes language doesn’t express the spectrum of identity sufficiently, as in this case. I am also a believer in equal rights for all. Whatever your race, colour or creed.”
Alice eventually conceded to her own ignorance and promised to educated herself on topics she knew little about: “I’m not saying by identifying they are negatively impacting feminism, I am saying that we have to refine the language on this topic so all men, women and transgenders are accurately represented in their process of self-identification. Maybe this needs a little thought. Thank you for engaging with me on this subject, because I felt confused and now I feel enlightened and like I know what education I need to move forward.”