The 73-year-old writer has written among the most-loved youngsters’s books of all time, however in a brand new interview with The Daily Telegraph, she confessed that making a transgender character just isn’t excessive on her agenda and revealed would solely accomplish that “if there was a extremely sturdy cause”.
“I wouldn’t need folks to suppose I’d jumped on the bandwagon simply because it’s present and within the information,” Wilson defined.
The Women in Love writer went on to say that present process gender reassignment surgical procedure is “nothing to be taken evenly”.
“Some folks, proper from the time that they’re toddlers, are conscious that one thing is mistaken they usually want that they could possibly be the opposite intercourse,” she mentioned.
“However I’m additionally conscious that some youngsters really feel strongly for some time after which they modify their minds. I feel it’s a choice that must be left some time till you might be completely mature and completely sure you realize all of the precise penalties.”
Wilson added that her considerations additionally stem from the truth that “we don’t know” the long-term results of taking “medicine, hormones or no matter” as a part of gender reassignment remedy.
“And the entire concept of getting main surgical procedure… in the event you’re a younger baby it’s not a query of simply having bits of you lopped off,” she added. “It’s actually severe, troublesome surgical procedure which may have fairly devastating penalties, I’d think about.”
Wilson’s feedback come days after a younger grownup novel a couple of transgender teenager by John Boyne was been criticised as “transphobic” by on-line activists.
The Irish writer deleted his Twitter account on account of the feedback he acquired, a lot of which centered on the truth that he himself just isn’t transgender, which prompted folks to say “this is not his story to write down”.