Bette Midler clarifies comments about “erasure” of women after being accused of transphobia
Bette Midler has been met with criticism on social media after tweeting about the “erasure” of women in wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.On Sunday (July 3), the actress, singer and comedian appeared to reference the new ruling on abortion laws in a tweet that has been described by many as transphobic.Her post read: “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name! 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!”“The far right and the far left have found the one thing they can agree on: Women don’t count.”Midler’s words soon came under fire, receiving over 20,000 replies (at time of writing), with many accusing her of excluding transgender individuals who also need abortion care.The actress was subsequently described as a “TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) by some, while others threatened to boycott the upcoming Hocus Pocus sequel on Disney+, in which Midler reprises her role as Winifred Sanderson the witch.WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name! 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!— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) July 4, 2022Summing up the issue with Midler’s tweet, cosmology author Katie Mack wrote: “The term ‘pregnant people’ includes pregnant women & also people who are pregnant but are not women.