TERFS

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Saw this on a public fb group page. Never knew Nedra was quite this awesome.

 

Much as I agree with Nedra Johnson’s quote, being called a ‘TERF’ doesn’t exactly cut to the quick. Many fantastic and inspiring women are disdained as TERFs so being called one myself feels like being tortured by comfy chair. Then again, I don’t care about being called a cow or a bitch or a slut or any of the other terms of abuse largely reserved for women. Most people on twitter block me before using it about me anyway. Can’t think why.

It started as an acronym for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist. The term was coined by a woman involved with the now defunct Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival to differentiate between those, like herself who did and the radical feminists who didn’t accept that MtTs are women. Nowadays it is widely used as a slur against anyone – regardless of whether they are radical or feminist or even female – who dares to question any part of trans ideology.  It is even used against male-born trans people themselves. The purpose of labelling critics ‘TERFs’ is to dismiss, dehumanise and silence rather than engage with reasoned criticisms.

Users of the term tend to be disingenuous and say it isn’t a slur, it is merely descriptive. However, anyone looking at how it’s used and whom it is used against can see this for the nonsense it is. It is never used in a neutral, respectful or objective way; on the contrary, it is frequently accompanied by insults and abuse. So much abuse, in fact, that a website was once set up to document it. To make the header to this website, I typed out the content of many of the screenshots collected and I’ve decided to preserve them on a separate page here. If you’d like to see them in their original form, go directly to the terf is a slur site.

The word was used a lot by those celebrating the assault on me at Speakers’ Corner and I’ve put some of those on a different page here.

There is also a website created by a member of the trans cult called the terfs. It is introduced with this piece of fiction.

Radical feminists who exclude male-born trans people from the category known as ‘women’ do not also exclude them from housing, employment, education, or from local, national and UN protections and certainly don’t exclude them from “fully participating in society as equal citizens”. What absolute codswallop! Nor do we hate people because they are trans, which is also claimed on that site. On the contrary, the evidence that many of us love and admire those trans people who support us in our fight against misogynistic trans ideology is easily found on social media.

A charming message sent to me on twitter

Thus, the allegations to this effect are so preposterous that I can’t be bothered to say any more about that silly website except that, in spite of the nameless creator’s best efforts to collect hateful quotes from ‘TERFs’, the most he could find was a couple of loonies wishing men dead and not even wishing they could kill men themselves. Compare this to the dozens of tweets by trans and allies wanting to set us on fire, break our bones,  choke us with their dicks, etc, etc.

Another such site, amusingly entitled terf is not a slur, is just as silly. Go take a look and compare it to the site it was set up to oppose.

And, by the way, there is this thing called ‘terf blocker’ on twitter, which allows trans activists and allies to mass block anyone designated a TERF, which means anyone who has questioned or opposed any part of the trans agenda. It means I don’t have to spend time arguing with idiots on whom my superior reasoning skills and incisive wit are wasted. The block list is also a wonderful resource for people looking for gender critical twitter accounts to follow but beware that even people not exactly known for their radical feminism, such as the Welsh Tory MP David T C Davies, are on it.

Finally, here are some worthwhile contributions to the topic of TERFs, starting with three videos by the lovely Rya Jones:

The truth about TERFs | A Chat with Rya

‘TERFS’ don’t hate trans people! A chat with Rya

I Am a Transgender TERF | A Chat with Rya

and one featuring Rya with Miranda Yardley:

‘TERF’ and ‘Cis’: Misogyny and Homophobia in Transgender Culture

Here are a couple by Magdalen Berns:

 “T.E.R.F Wars”… Receipts Please

What is a TERF?

 

And here are some articles:

A letter to the woman who called me a TERF CR on Fair Play for Women

Beginners Guide to Terfdom Angry Bird Roar

How ‘TERF’ works Sarah Ditum

How to spot a Secret TERF  Devon Silence

Queer-identified women physically assault lesbian at a gay bar AfterEllen.com

Seven Sure-fire Ways To Demolish TERFs Online Devon Silence

Shut up, TERF Lily Maynard

TERF: It’s time for you to drop this expression of misogyny from your vocabulary Shae

The RPOJ – Feminism Does Not Have to Be Trans-Exclusionary – Actually, it does. Dead Wild Roses blog

The word ‘TERF’ Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

There’s a TERF war brewing Jonathon Kneeland

Transgender activist’s calls for violence are shocking Charlie Rae

Watching the TERFs Angry Bird Roar

What makes a word a slur? DebUK

What is a TERF? Sarah Ditum

When you write about misogyny, prepare for more misogyny Jessicapsych

Why I no longer hate ‘TERFs’ Penny White

Why ‘TERF’ isn’t just a word, it’s hate speech Meghan Murphy

 

The rest of this cartoon story can be seen here or watch it on youtube here.

 

Last updated 20.06.18