What TERFism Looks Like:


Now one of the things I find puzzling about it is that, when I look at the House of Lords debate on this legislation, those I agree with most are the radical right. Particularly the person I find that I agree with most, in here, and I’m not sure he will be pleased to find this, is Norman Tebbitt… Tebbitt also says that the savage mutilation of transgenderism, we would say if it was taking place in other cultures apart from the culture of Britain, was a harmful cultural practice, and how come we’re not recognising that in the British Isles.

- Sheila Jeffreys, PhD, TERF author, lecturer & academic, speaking at the Andrea Dworkin Commemorative Conference given at Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Justice

Today the Frankenstein phenomenon is omnipresent not only in religious myth, but in its offspring, phallocratic technology. The insane desire for power, the madness of boundary violation, is the mark of necrophiliacs who sense the lack of soul/spirit/life-loving principle with themselves and therefore try to invade and kill off all spirit, substituting conglomerates of corpses. This necrophilic invasion/elimination takes a variety of forms. Transsexualism is an example.

Mary Daly, PhD, TERF author, lecturer & academic from her book, Gyn/ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism pp 70 – 71

TIP: In the same way hate groups which claim to be Christian (WBC), TERFs always attempt to spread anti-trans hate by passing it off as a brand of feminism.

What Feminism Looks Like:

So now I want to be unequivocal in my words: I believe that transgender people, including those who have transitioned, are living out real, authentic lives. Those lives should be celebrated, not questioned. Their health care decisions should be theirs and theirs alone to make. And what I wrote decades ago does not reflect what we know today as we move away from only the binary boxes of “masculine” or “feminine” and begin to live along the full human continuum of identity and expression.

- Gloria Steinem, feminist icon & activist

Transphobia in the feminist community isn’t new and continues to be promoted by radical feminists such as Sheila Jeffreys, Germaine Greer, and Julie Bindel who pathologize transgenderism for a variety of reasons. They characterize being transgender in various ways: as an extremely kinky sexual practice or a mental illness such as body dysmorphic disorder. Sometimes the criticism is paternalistic in claiming that transgender people are merely exploited victims of the medical industry’s drive to make money with various surgical and hormonal procedures. The 1994 book Transexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male by Janice Raymond describes being transsexual as a medical invention manufactured to create profit. Another criticism is that transgender people reinforce gender roles or expression. For example, Germaine Greer once referred to transwomen as “ghastly parodies of women” with “too much eye-shadow.” Sometimes the attacks on transgender people reach conspiracy levels by those who see the phenomenon as an effort by men to turn themselves into women in order to infiltrate “women”-only spaces. Radical feminists Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen blend transphobia with “anti-civilization” environmentalism in Deep Green Resistance (DGR). Julie Labrouste, a contact of Radical Women, was repudiated by DGR, which had been urging her to join until she mentioned she was trans-female.

- Radical Women, 2nd wave feminist organization, formed in 1967

TIP: In the same way anti-gay groups will, TERFs often assert that they don’t hate trans people, that they are only acting out of love for their community.



TERF Position on Trans Healthcare

In the 1980s, TERFs successfully brought an end to trans health care access. One TERF operative wrote the government report which led the the revocation of trans medical care under government programs and soon thereafter, private insurers followed suit.


Position on Trans Equality

Decades ago TERFs requested that the US Government legislate trans people out of existence and they continue to oppose trans equality measures, going as far as to request that the UN strip equality protections from trans people across the globe.


Position on Trans Restroom Access

Much like their far right-wing counterparts, TERFs do not support trans people using the restroom. In fact, the TERF community was the first to use this as a political issue way back in 1973.


Position on Gender Autonomy

Much like their extremist counterparts, TERFs generally do not recognize the transitioned status of trans people and instead assert that trans people are the sex they were assigned at birth.

The TERF movement is particularly effective in their campaigns against trans people and trans equality as they consistently couch their actions as political/feminist/lesbian/radical/womanist critiques of gender and are therefore welcomed in spaces that would reject the same rhetoric from right wing organizations. TERFs routinely enjoy acceptance in progressive environments such as academia and radical left-wing organizations.

From consistently targeting trans healthcare to lobbying the US government to institute a national program of forced reparative therapy for trans people, the TERF movement, while historically seen as both ridiculous and irrelevant, has managed to inflict more suffering upon the trans community than any other anti-trans equality movement in the history of the United States.

Therefore, this site is dedicated to exposing the hate contained within their movement.

13 Responses

  1. April Kester
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    Have you written a book on the history of TERFs and strategies for counteracting the damage in Political, Medical, and Social spheres? Because I want to give you my money!!!!

  2. Jon Cross
    Jon Cross at | | Reply

    Interesting article. TERF’s have forgotten the battles fought for so-called women’s liberation. Now they are trying to suppress equality for a specific group of women. Shame on them.

  3. Exheon
    Exheon at | | Reply

    Feminism need more people like you, people who are willing to recognize and point at the crap that attempts to attach to a movement of liberation.

    Congrats GipsyRose!

  4. Natalie Eva
    Natalie Eva at | | Reply

    I clicked the link to fox news and read some of the comments. some people are so mean! Yea, I know what else to expect from the people who brought us bill o’reily, right? but still. inciting violence? really? Shame on them!

  5. Alex Cale
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    Hi to all at The Terfs,

    I do apologize – this is my second attempt to comment.

    My name is Alex and I am a Communications Manager at Barnard College. I am reaching out to you today with an idea for your blog. Being perfect and powerful, being a feminist: these are among the most popular topics of conversation among today’s young women. Barnard College’s new podcast series, Dare to Use the F-Word, tells the story of today’s feminists through the ideas, art, and activism that define them. Barnard President Debora Spar, in her new book Wonder Women: Sex, Power & the Quest for Perfection, explains that while most women today struggle with the idea of perfection, they also struggle with the concept of feminism itself. Are the two connected? Read President Spar’s thoughts in this exclusive post : https://barnard.edu/news/web-exclusive-president-spar

    As a communications manager at Barnard, I want to continue these important conversations among feminist thought-leaders like you. I ask you to republish and share this post on your blog. Pose these questions to your audience; they may dare others to join us and use the f-word.


  6. Morgane
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    Thank you for the really interesting summary of TERF philosophy.

    Here is an example of applied TERF tactics as they were employed against me in response to a campaign I was involved with in late 2013 to highlight TERF exclusion of trans persons and sex workers in Vancouver:
    In the span of two weeks, I became sufficiently interesting to the TERFs to attract the attention of GallusMag at GenderTrender, a hate speech site dedicated to attacking trans women. The radical message I was involved in broadcasting was simple and clear:

    Sexual violence affects us all and state-funded sexual assault victim services should not be subject to purity tests by the organizations entrusted to provide them.

    This and the fact that I am a transgender woman warranted a deep data mining of my life, a 1000-word highly inaccurate character assassination complete with outing on the internet and implied threats against my family… all mixed in with a pseudo-journalism based entirely on fallacy, error, and false biases.

    My conclusion from the article, its predecessor, and the comments to them is that the intended use of the articles was to shame me into silence by outing me, painting me in a deeply flawed light, and discredit the action I was part of as those of a deranged freak.

    Luckily for me, the slant of the article is so extreme that it is unlikely to be taken seriously by anyone other than the most radical of trans excluding feminist.

    The tactics employed against me were used because of my gender identity and had little to do with the message we offered. Not even once was the message itself addressed in spite of the fact that I was a mere volunteer in a group of three feminists and that the other two who happened to be cis women were neither shamed or threatened or even named by the TERFs.

    The TERFS see only their own bias… And haters gotta hate.

    The GenderTrender article:

    A balanced article of what was really happening:

    The video message on exclusion that our coalition of concerned groups and persons published:

    Morgane Oger
    Secretary, Trans Alliance of BC

  7. Brazen Lee
    Brazen Lee at | | Reply

    A LOT of the “feminists” mentioned above are firm anti sexwork advocates, which, as a feminist sex worker, I believe makes you UNfeminist, and not at all radical.

    Let’s try to remember intersectionality, mm k?

  8. Leslie Michelle
    Leslie Michelle at | | Reply

    The damage done by the TERF radicals is more far reaching than just the denial of healthcare, housing and basic human rights to a group of people already marginalized by much of society…there is a very real body count that can be laid at the feet of these hateful people. How do they sleep at night?

    1. Chelsea Solis
      Chelsea Solis at | | Reply

      It’s quite simple. They don’t view intersexed and transpeople as people. They view them as monsters to be destroyed. So when they read about trans people being tortured, raped, or murdered. They laugh it off and pat each other on the back. Because they are monsters. They are the west boro baptist church of feminism.

  9. Jen
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    “TERF’s have forgotten the battles fought for so-called women’s liberation. Now they are trying to suppress equality for a specific group of women.”

    Nope…just trying to point out the obvious: that males aren’t women. The admin of this blog is a male…a male a male a male. HE is a male. A biological MAN.

    1. Sam
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      “Nope…just trying to point out the obvious: that males aren’t women. The admin of this blog is a male…a male a male a male. HE is a male. A biological MAN.”

      So Jen, are you simply unaware of all the studies of transgendered people’s brains indicating that they match those of the gender they self-identify as, as opposed to the gender they were assigned at birth, or are you deliberately ignoring them? The idea of deliberately excluding women from a movement designed to empower women based simply on physical defects is ridiculous and sets a dangerous precedent. Should we exclude women that have gotten hysterectomies? Women that have gotten masectomies? Women in wheelchairs? Women with neurological disorders? Women with congenital birth defects? The problem with this sort of feminism is that it alienates and diminishes people, something that proves counterproductive within a movement aimed at achieving universal equality.

    2. Morgane
      Morgane at | | Reply

      Blah blah blah “YOU DONT EXIST” Blah blah blah “YOU’RE NOT REAL”.

      Come on, really? TERFs are focused on the wrong thing, and its time that this philosophy saw the bright light of reality. Society has moved on, and we are more complex than the 2nd wave TERFy feminists were fighting for their right to self-determination (which I am grateful they and their predecessors won for us, hard as it was).

      Now, we have moved on…

      Here is where current thinking is going – from reasonable cis feminists. The current, relevant ones that do not yell into an echo chamber of their sisters…


      “Nothing about us without us”

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