Last month, The Handmaids Tale author put her name to a letter from “members of the writing and publishing community of the United States and Canada” announcing that they stood “firmly in support of trans and non-binary people and their rights”.
This weekend, in an interview in The Times about her new poetry collection dedicated to her late husband, journalist Bryan Appleyard confronted Atwood about JK Rowling’s contempt for transgender people.
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?”
The Times, which has become notorious for platforming anti-trans columnists, deleted Atwood’s interview from its website less than 24 hours later.
(via Pink News; photo: MediaPunch)