The 81-year-old author on Tuesday retweeted an article in The Toronto Star
The article was headlined: 'Why can't we say 'woman' anymore?'
Atwood's best-known book, The Handmaid's Tale, deals with a dystopian world in which men control women's bodies and critics noted what they saw as irony
'Big fan of your fiction on the dangers of enforcing extremely rigid bio-essentialist ideas about gender btw,' tweeted one person
The controversy bore echoes to that engulfing J.K. Rowling, who in June 2020 mocked the use of the phrase 'birthing people' instead of women
Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been labelled transphobic for sharing on Twitter an article complaining about gender neutral language.
Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale, on Tuesday shared a Toronto Star op ed entitled: 'Why can't we say 'woman' anymore?'ADVERTISEMENTi-amphtml-sizer">
Columnist Rosie DiManno, argued that the adoption of gender-neutral language creates an 'erasure of women,' which leaves 'well-meaning people tongue-tied, lest they be attacked as transphobic or otherwise insensitive to the increasingly complex constructs of gender.'template type="amp-mustache"">>/amp-minute-media-player">>
DiManno claimed that 'woman' was 'in danger of becoming a dirty word.'
She said the word was at risk of being 'struck from the lexicon of officialdom, eradicated from medical vocabulary and expunged from conversation.'
The 81-year-old shared it without comment, but the article sparked an immediate backlash.
Cosmologist Katie Mack replied: 'No one is banning the word 'woman.'
'Many organizations are — rightly — opting for precise language when talking about things that have to do with biological traits rather than gender identity.
'It's not an attack on womanhood to NOT equate gender with specific biology.'
Her tweet was 'liked' more than 11,000 times.
Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10110001/amp/Handmaids-Tale-author-Margaret-Atwood-branded-transphobic-row-gender-neutral-language.html447