Oxfam drops bingo game with JK Rowling after transgender staff complain ‘it’s offensive’

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Wonder Woman bingo game is said to have become a target for activists because it featured the Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The writer has previously faced criticism over her remarks about transgender women.

JK Rowling faced backlash after she questioned the idea that trans women are identical to biological women.

She retweeted an opinion piece that discussed “people who menstruate,” apparently taking issue with the fact that the story did not use the word women in June last year.

It has now been reported that Oxfam have removed their children’s Wonder Woman bingo game after transgender staff complained it was “offensive”.

The game uses pictures of 48 famous women rather than numbers on cards that are matched with tokens showing the same female figures.

It includes the likes of prominent female figures including Jane Austen, US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, climate-change activist Greta Thunberg and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

According to the Mail On Sunday, Oxfam sent an email to staff members following their decision to withdraw the game.

It read: “We have taken the decision to withdraw the produ­ct Wonder Women Bingo as it has been brought to our attention that it is not in line with Oxfam’s values.”

Oxfam, which campaigns to end poverty and improve women’s rights, told the publication that it had cleared the game from its shelves after transgender staff complained it’s “offensive”.

They told the publication: “We took the decision to remove the game from sale follow­ing concerns raised by trans and non-­binary colleagues who told us it didn’t live up to our commitment to respect people of all genders.”

Oxfam’s decision has been addressed by different feminist groups and politicians.

Labour MP Rosie Duf­field MP said that she is “disappointed” with the charity’s decision.

“I am disappointed Oxfam con­siders taking a political view of gender identity politics more important than raising as much money as possible for those most in need,” she said.


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“The track record of some charities with regards to women’s rights has been far from good, and discriminating against some women due to their beliefs will do nothing to repair that.”

Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel has also addressed the removal of the game.

She has claimed that it may have also been removed after Rowling and fellow author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, have challenged transgender beliefs around gender identity and biology.

Canadian actor Elliot Page, who now identifies as a transgender man, is pictured in the game as Ellen Page.

Ms Bindel told the same publication: “Yet again trans ideology that’s captured so much of society has prevailed over women’s rights and women’s experience.

“Oxfam should be ashamed of themselves. They were so lax in dealing with men who were accused of sexually exploiting vulnerable girls and women, yet they rush to remove a game celebrating women.”

Her comments come after Oxfam was accused of sexual exploitation and bullying were made against staff in 2018.

Express.co.uk has contacted Oxfam representatives for comment.

Laurence King Publishing who created the bingo game said it supported the LGBT community and have “commissioned a replacement” for Oxfam.

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