International Women's Day: 'Feminism should about real issues, not Beyonce or Emma Watson'

International Women's Day: 'Women are scared to voice their opinions on transgender issues', says writer

Jenni Murray was criticised for her transgender comments

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Celebrities such as Emma Watson can deflect from the real issues of feminism, according to a women's writer.

Caroline Farrow also told Julia Hartley-Brewer that many women are too scared to voice their opinions on transgender issues in case they use the wrong language.

Today (March 8) is International Women's Day and the campaign theme is "be bold for change," as campaigners call for a more gender inclusive world.

Farrow, a writer at The Conservative Woman, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that women do not want to "hear academic discussions" about feminism, now should the movement be about "Beyonce or Emma Watson."

She also believes that transgender issues are affecting the women's movement, for example the comments of presenter Jenni Murray, who was criticised for saying men who have a sex change cannot be real women.

Farrow said that if Jenni Murray can’t say something "what chance does anybody else have? Women are worried that our private spaces are going to be invaded."

Listen to the full interview above