Bette Midler received some backlash on Twitter after posting about the trans community and the terminology used to characterize them on Monday. The 76-year-old actress proclaimed, “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name!,” adding that “They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthing people’ or ‘menstruators,’ and even ‘people with vaginas!’ Don’t let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you.”
Twitter users replied to Midler, with some saying that her claims were untrue. One self-identified transgender man named Evan Urquhart wrote, “Really disappointed in this as a trans man and a Bette Midler fan. Bette, including trans men in the conversation about reproductive health does not harm women. We have the same organs, and even greater vulnerability, as cis woman.” Author Roxane Gay stated “No one is trying to erase women with inclusive language about people who need abortion care. No one is calling you anything but what you prefer. You should extend that courtesy in return.”
Midler’s tweet came amid similar remarks by singer Macy Gray, who recently spoke on Piers Morgan’s TalkTV program about how having “boobs” and a “vagina” from birth is necessary to be a woman. She asserted that “Just because you go change your parts doesn’t make you a woman.” The singer also noted that while she supports transgender rights generally, she has a problem with them in sporting competitions.
Midler’s remarks also coincided with the suspensions of popular commentators Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin from Twitter. Peterson was recently suspended from the social media platform after posting a tweet about transgender actor Elliot Page, which led Rubin to comment on the suspension resulting in his removal from the platform as well.