‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Shuts Down Transphobes in the Simplest Terms

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Margaret Atwood is a beloved author – and her recent comments on transphobes have made the world love her even more…

You probably best know Atwood for writing The Handmaid’s Tale.

Though she’s actually written tons of incredible novels and short stories in her illustrious career. 

But this week, she’s hit headlines for a different reason.

And people are loving it!

In an interview, Atwood took on transphobes.

And she did so in her typically intelligent way…

First off: what exactly is “gender dysphoria?”

Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person’s sex and the gender with which he or she identifies with. People with gender dysphoria experience high levels of discomfort with their own bodies, and they often report feeling as if it isn’t their own.

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People who are transgender more than often realize that they are from a very young age – children are able to experience gender dysphoria and this is when the majority of trans people realize this conflict.

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According to the Human Rights Campaign, studies have shown that familial rejection can lead to the LGBTQ+ youth engaging in behaviors and activities that endanger their health, trigger depression, and other mental health issues, and, in some extreme cases, can lead to homelessness and suicide.

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Child welfare expert, Caitlin Ryan, stated that “family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status,” for LGBTQ+ youth. “It also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors – issues for which transgender youth are at disproportionate risk.”

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Parents must respect the wishes of their child by doing simple things such as using the child’s preferred gender pronoun and name, reassuring them about the love and support that they will continue to receive, and, most importantly, educating themselves about issues surrounding the trans community.

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Despite this being what a person desires, the first few steps into transition are never easy, especially for a child. Enduring taunting in the school corridors from their peers who are too nieve to understand the situation is a sad reality for many trans children.

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There are countless organizations around the world that work hard together purely to support people, especially children, of the transgender community.

But sadly, there are still those who fear the unknown.

And Margaret Atwood has shut them down in the most incredible way …

Atwood said, “The most bothersome thing about me is that I’m a strict agnostic.”

“By which I mean there’s a difference between belief and fact. And you should not confuse the two.”

“You can believe all you like that trans people aren’t people, but it happens not to be a fact.”

“It is not true that there are only two boxes. So the two questions to ask about anything are: Is it true? And is it fair?”

“So if it’s not true that there are only two gender boxes and gender is fixed and immutable, then is it fair to treat trans people as if they’re not who they say they are?”

Hear, hear!
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