‘Call me old-fashioned but I tend to think of people with penises as men’

Acclaimed author Ian McEwan has waded into the transgender row after warning of a ‘troubling wave’ of political correctness.
McEwan, 67, was speaking at a student society lecture at the Royal Institution in London, when he was invited to ponder on how the notion of self has evolved throughout history.

The writer of Atonement, and winner of the Man Booker prize for Amsterdam, upset some when he said that a person’s identity was constrained by biology and social norms.

However, he claimed that now people are treating the idea of identity like a commodity.

He said: ‘The self, like a consumer desirable, may be plucked from the shelves of a personal identity supermarket, a ready-to-wear little black number.’