She is a writer. It is her job to use words precisely. That is why it is hard to believe she misspoke. And wow! What a great person to actually change her opinion (even when she obviously didn’t mean it and said it to appease people, according to you) just because so many people world wide did not like what she said or the implications. If you want to claim she misspoke and meant to say the word cis, then you will have to say she didn’t change her story later just to appease people. You can’t have it both ways. Personally, it looks more like she just didn’t like the world detesting her for her hurtful beliefs and changed her story. Several days later.

If she had meant to say that trans women and cis women have *some* different experiences, then she would have said that. Leaving out the word cis just shows her true colors. If she didn’t like the word cis, she could even have said non-trans and trans, but purposely left that out.

And it’s funny — as a woman of color, her perspective and so many more are often overlooked or ignored. Her experiences probably are much more similar to those of a trans woman of similar background, but she is more concerned about the differences between trans women and cis women.

You know what’s really a shame? You trying to defend transphobic rhetoric. When such rhetoric is used freely, it tells the world that it is OK to make us objects of scorn and ridicule. If trans women aren’t “real” women, what are they? If trans men aren’t “real” men, what are they? Some kind of freaks? That is exactly what a lot of people think and such rhetoric only confirms their bias. It is no coincidence that in the past several years, the numbers of murders of trans people — especially trans women — has increased.

If she had simply misspoke, she would have said so right away. Instead, she kept doubling down on her words, words that can lead to the harm of trans people world wide. So no, she didn’t commit murder herself, she just encouraged and abetted the commission of the crime for other people. And by defending her, so have you.

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