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.

79 Responses

  1. Axe Man
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    Oh the cognitive dissonance of these terfs must be driving them nuts, gender is a social construct but only if you stay in your biologically assigned sex, rofl.

  2. Fran-not-cis
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    I think this page is a little unfair to Transsexual Empire. While I didn’t agree with the book either when I read it, it was the first time I’d ever read a dissenting voice about what it meant to be trans, by an author who identifies as trans. I have my own thoughts about it but there definitely IS truth to the notion that surgeons were speaking for trans people in a way that was highly problematic, just as it’s problematic when advocates for the blind, the deaf, or autistic drown out the voices of people who are blind, deaf, or autistic. Just look at what has happened to intersex folk in the 20th century at the hands of surgeons and the ways they continue to be discriminated against in palpable ways today.

    I personally think that transmen and transwomen have different attitudes towards medical interventions because our society treats gender non-conformity differently depending on presentation, putting entirely different pressures on each. I came to a personal decision that surgery was bullshit–did the berdache get surgery? ah, no–but if hormone therapy had been available to me as a young person you’d better believe I would have been all over that! I think life looks a lot brighter for trans teens who are able to transition during puberty instead of being faced with expensive, dangerous, fraught choices as adults once your bones are already set.

  3. Hypatia
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    the thing is a lot of commentary assume that there is a single pathway to being transfemale
    but if you look at the range of difference between those who consider themselves transfemale it is clear that it is not a single pathway to this, but a multiple one. the end result of ‘transness’ may be the same but it is likley to have many different origins / causes so that any cause which might be true for some is not going to be true for all

  4. Ricky
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    It seems the biggest threat to transgenders isn’t the radical Christian right, but members of your own insane political party. Good job guys.

    1. Alexis
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      No, Ricky, it’s more like very extreme elements of the left wing joining forces with very extreme elements of the right wing. Kind of like the Nazis and the Bolsheviks early in the second world war. Both groups *should* have been completely been ideologically opposed but they put their hatred aside momentarily even though on paper it made no sense and they had a lot of reasons to hate each other.

      Like wise, radical TERF feminists wouldn’t have been able to do it without support from equally bigoted Republicans. Neither radical second wave feminists OR hardcore extremist evangelical right wingers are our friends. It doesn’t particularly matter what rationale they use, any more than it mattered to African Americans during Jim Crow and the civil rights struggles, they suffered either way and so do we.

  5. Alex
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    Hi! I’m writing a paper on TERF ideology. I’m looking for academic sources on their shit, basically. If you have anything, at all, shoot it my way? This site has been SO HELPFUL for my initial research, but alas. Academia.

  6. Kim Schicklang
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    The problem is: Many people, especially in societies with strong stereotypical gender-roles that there’s also a strong regulation for how a body has to look like. And the US are one of these regions on earth where these rules are very strong. If a girl is born with masculinized body-parts (transsexual), there are some guys (doctors, priests and politicians) who define that those girls/women do not exist. And cause they wanted to be the ones who want to pull the strings they invented something like “gender identity” (John Money) to have a tool that they can use for that. The “body-rule” of thes guys is: a girl has to have a body that is sexy (in the eyes of those men), she’s able to bear children, a.s.o. …a girl with masculinzed body-parts (transsexual) so must be defined from them either as “intersexual” (a group that is pathologised for that reason) or a “guy, who identifies as women” (transgender).

    Some “transgender”-activists – escepecially in countries where the definitions of “women” are strongly made by men – till today do not understand that “gender” is a social construct and a harmful tool for regulating bodies and to define the boundary between what fit’s to the male definitions of being “women enough” and what doesn’t fit to that definitions and had to be defined as “ill”.

  7. justin
    justin at | | Reply

    Thank you for this site. I was shaking with anger upon reading some of the terf bigotry. A few things struck me: 1. They especially hate lesbian trans women, which is so irrational, as the trans dykes I know are all incredible feminists. These evil terfs claim that queer trans women are misogynists and rapists. 2. They regard straight trans women as poor deluded gay men whose transness was based on homophobia. In other words, they conflate gender identity with sexuality, which is the same thing ‘phobe psychologists did ages ago when they called gay folks “inverts”. 3. They do the same thing in their assumption that all trans men were butch dykes prior to transition and were “forced” into transitioning by a butch hating society. As a gay trans man who never identified as a lesbian, I don’t even exist in their deluded world view. 4. They are promoting a fear campaign against testosterone use in trans men, saying we are all going to die of cancer. I’m sorry to say that as someone with hypochondria and anxiety, their case studies, though perhaps fabricated, gave me an anxiety attack. Sadly I’m still afraid, which is probably their point. 5. They cannot grasp the notion of physical dysphoria, and believe that trans women transition merely so they can wear makeup, and trans men so we can look masculine. They are also not awAre of the existence of butch trans women and fem trans men. 6. They don’t mention non binary identities at all. 7. They are science impaired. The notion of the brain map and expected sexed parts for instance. 8. They are brutally abusive and hateful. How is this feminism?

  8. tiny
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    I once tried to talk to a TERF on the internet, and it was one of the most bizarre experience ever in my life. Then I read this essay by a TERF about why trans women are bad, and that person didn’t know shit about what being trans actually means.
    It’s like they’re not able to even consider the possibility that maybe they’re actually talking Patriarchy, and maybe they are fighting the very people who are the best living breathing proof that there is no difference whatsoever between ‘men’ and ‘women’, and since trans also includes non-binary people like me, they’re also bolstering the binary-dogma that put men in the field and women in the kitchen.

    It’s been a while since I spent time learing about TERFs but finding this site reminded me that I still have to read up on TERF’s positions on trans men. What I hear TERFs talk most about are trans women and I’m kind of betting that they have no problem with having people who they still consider to be women ‘invade’ male spaces or take over male roles.

  9. white squirrel
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    anonkneemouse states

    ‘Whether your brain is male or female and your “feelings” about your “identity” are irrelevant to the basic fact that you are what you are.

    so basically what you are saying is that the brain, mind and thinking are totally irrelevant and people are solely determined by their genitalia,
    cis women are merely wombs with limbs and cis men merely walking penises
    glad I dont have a mind like you

  10. Mn
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    “cherryblossomlife Says:

    October 7, 2014 at 2:16 am
    I’ m ready to support invoking conservative men’s property rights in order to get rid of this trans scourge.”

    How are they not right-wing populists?

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  12. Sally Kate Taylor
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    Hi – a message from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. (And by the way we do spell some words slightly different – but then again I celebrate difference)

    To all the TERF’S (Bigots) in this world – and we do have them here – I would like to point out one or two tiny little things.

    You’re hatred and need for dominance over others is no different to that of the historically dominant power hungry oppressive bigoted sexist male you claim to despise. By taking on board the worst aspects of the oppressor you demean not only your ‘alleged’ cause, but also become a mirror image of your historical enemy. Far from advancing feminism via your inane and irrational hate filled tirades you set the cause of equality for all back centuries. In short you are the gender equivalent of the KKK – the personification of all that deems itself superior – and the true oppressor – indeed so pre – feminist male in form in every way. Never mind having no understanding of the trans female / male, you have no understanding of gender born females or males either. Yours is but a dictate that says ‘be like me, think like me, live like me or be inferior.’ It is extreme fascism at its most abhorrent and repulsive. And it shames you.

    If you fail to embrace peaceful humanity in all its hues you offend all humanity. It is clear that you (TERF’s) do not want freedom for all – you want a North Koreanwesque world where all simply bow to your own vision of what makes a human being; whether that be male or female.What next? All have must have haircuts like the glorious leader or die?

    It’s time you (the TERF’ movement) stopped seeing themselves as the all knowing deity were their word is the only word, their way is the only way, their beliefs and lifestyles are the only way. Society and the world is constantly evolving – as is the human soul. Put down your club and step out of the cave honeys – the rests of us have.

    Historical gender barriers are being torn down every day – maybe ever so slowly – too slowly I would argue – but the times are a changing. It seems only you (TERF’s), and the the worst example of males, with vested interest, want the status quo to continue. It suits your angst and weaknesses in exactly the same way as the divisions of religions do for some. For without ‘the war’ what do you do? Simply fade away and have nothing to shout about or anyone to oppress. You become meaningless – your worst fear – but the majorities hope.

    I find it amazing that so many TERF’s are privileged academics with no grasps of the real world or the daily lives of non privileged citizens. Theirs is but a fantasy of a totalitarian vision of existence where no difference can be tolerated or celebrated; Stalinism / fascism – call it what you want – there is little difference. Indeed their battle cry ‘of do as I say or be the enemy’ shows all to well that they not only hate transgender individuals, but also males and females of all hues accept themselves. Indeed I suspect they hate themselves more than others.

    Like the mad preacher on meths on the hill the espouse a gospel no one is listening to – so they shout and rant louder. They try to inspire hatred instead of love and acceptance. But thankfully most see through them. They see them for what they are; bigots and self centred and blind supremacist – nothing more- nothing less.

    Now before I end I would like to ask any TERF’s what am I? It must be obvious. Go on make your prejudiced assumptions. As you will.

    Well for all I can say I am a genetically born female – and a committed feminists – as well as being a committed and active campaigner for all human rights. (Probably a traitor to TERF’s – but they are wrong) But the one thing I am not is a TERF. I could never be so. Why – I respect humanity – I see oppression and irrational hatred for what it is whatever shape or form it may take. I believe in freedom. I believe in the human spirit. But most of all I believe respect. Something the TERF movement could try learning.

    To all in the good old USA may your God – if you have one – (or conscience) bless you and give you strength. As we say here in Sheffield, ‘consilio et animis’ (show wisdom and courage) And as we also say in the ‘steel city ‘they only shout because they’ve got nowt (nothing) intelligent to say.’ Be you – be proud – and stay focused.

    Sally Kate Taylor.

    A woman, a true feminist and lover of the greatest association football team (soccer) in the world (well nearly) Sheffield Wednesday FC. I just had to get that in.Sorry – but where I come from that is our ‘other religion’. Bless you all. And seriously ‘don’t let the bigots destroy your freedom to be you.’

    1. radish hi
      radish hi at | | Reply

      *standing ovation

  13. vanessa fox
    vanessa fox at | | Reply

    When I first heard about TERFS, I thought they were something created by anti-feminists as a way of discrediting the women’s rights movement. I soon discovered they are real. TERFS are every negative stereotype personified, and the reason more young women today are reluctant to call themselves feminists. Those of you who dismiss our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community & regard all men as evil aren’t feminists. You only use that term b/c you’re opportunists with an agenda. You’re misandristic and misogynistic female supremacists. The majority of us who make up today’s feminist movement reject your hate. We love all men and women, whether cisgendered, transgender, or intersex. Feminism is about equality, not supremacy. Feminism is about empowering women, not shaming them for working in the sex industry or being stay at home moms. Your insistence in using the word feminist as a platform to spout your bigoted rhetoric has set all women back, and I’ve had enough. As a feminist, I renounce the beliefs and behavior of all TERFS. I reject your misandristic views of all men and your hostile and misogynistic views of transgender women. You are a hate group, nothing more, and deserve to be treated as such!

    1. Jennifer Barnes
      Jennifer Barnes at | | Reply

      yep. well said.

  14. Aljoscha Wake
    Aljoscha Wake at | | Reply

    So I found this website on a google search and I have to say I am confused.
    How are you feminist if you’re going against the idea of equality ?
    You single out people and suggest that you leave them for death.
    Also what do you think trans people do in the bathrooms…because you must have a totally different idea.
    Explain why you would rather have people die then lend a helping hand.
    Right now all I see is a pathetic group of people of whom share equal as horrid views as those men’s rights people.
    Why does it bother you so much that another person wants to be happy?
    Are you truly disgusting that you enjoy the sorrow of others, because that’s all this comes across as.
    A sadistic group of people who just spew hate and have no concept of equality.

    1. Vanessa Fox
      Vanessa Fox at | | Reply

      TERFs and SWERFs are horrible. Their transmisogyny and shaming tactics make me sick. I’m glad this site exists so that others who aren’t familiar with feminism can begin to understand who these women are and why they are so horrible.

  15. john doe of america
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    1. Clint
      Clint at | | Reply

      Off your meds again?

    2. Jennifer Barnes
      Jennifer Barnes at | | Reply

      ahem. *You’re. I will just leave that right there for you.

    3. Sally
      Sally at | | Reply

      I had no idea that TERFS were so widespread. I’ve had quite enough difficulty getting my head around the way that ordinary people who are not TERFS get these weird ideas about people who are different.

      It’s a pity that I don’t get surprised any more at those people who want to be left alone to make their own way in the world but who so easily and readily condemn us, who want to be left alone to make our own way in the world just because we want to be left alone to make our own way in the world.

      But I still reject their strange ideas. And although they might claim to be the most important part of the America I live in, they are the tiniest.

    4. Michelle Rose
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      Wow, angry much?

  16. Judalon harris
    Judalon harris at | | Reply

    give them their own bathrooms and what ever else needs to be etched out for them. i ain’t hatin but they are born male. thus like it or not that’s what they are. and no i don’t ever want to share a bathroom with them. if that’s the case all restrooms should be unisex, kids included. give them equal rights as they are still human. years later they’ll be wanting to flip back into a man. can we get some sensible ppl everywhere please? dang.

  17. Andrea
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    Gipsyrose? more like American white trash, nothing gipsy about you (don’t understand why anglo-american garbage like you impersonates the Roma) I live in Europe and work with the Roma on social issues

    Roma = Gipsies.

    I just wanted to say you’re repulsive, disgusting, ugly on the outside and the inside and in serious need of mental help…. As a proud woman I am here to support my transgender sisters!

    1. Lisa
      Lisa at | | Reply

      Wow, why so much hate? To quote the Dalai Lama, “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”

  18. Susie
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    Yeah girls, it’s all about men, women can’t possibly have a unique experiencing and our genitals are just holes, nothing more complex, nothing special, they can be re created with ease.

    1. MaudG
      MaudG at | | Reply


      Did you know that many transgender persons choose not to have surgery? They live and identify as a gender different from the one society associates with their genitals, because gender identity is not about what equipment one has between the legs. That’s why it’s so ironic that TERFs claim to be feminists while at the same time essentially saying that women are nothing more than walking vaginas. If you woke up one day without your vagina, would you cease to be a woman?

      No, I’d guess your inner sense of your own gender wouldn’t change one bit. Gender identity is a complex issue that science has yet to fully explain, but it’s certainly not as simplistic as penis=male or vagina=female. Not that the female organ correlating with the penis would be the vagina, anyway–another example of how the gender binary and is culturally produced.

  19. Trans Allies
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    Radfems are female supremacy groups. This is why they have no regret when oppressing trans groups.

  20. innocentbystander
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    Whenever I see TERFS arguing with anyone knowledgeable about Gender Dysphoria, I often find it funny that they use the same arguments that MRAs use against feminism

    1. Sally
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      I know! I’m pretty sure they’re the other side of the same coin.

      Funny thing, too – MRAs frequently use TERFs and TERF-like people as “evidence” of “the problem” and claim that they represent *all* feminists.

      1. Likerofpie
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        TERFs do not represent Feminism, but they are REPRESENTING feminism, and that’s the problem. They are a thankfully small minority of the movement, and do not reflect all feminist beliefs, but they and other crazy radicals are loud and obnoxious enough to drown out actual progressive sections of the movement. The movement needs to drown them out, kick them out, ostracize them. They are co-opting the label for their own defense, because they aren’t fighting for the same causes, and feminists need to fight back and protect what feminism means in the eyes of the public.

    2. Pamela S
      Pamela S at | | Reply

      At risk of oversimplifying, it’s birth-assigned man-hating cobbled together into an ideology.

      There is positive feminism, that which seeks equality through unity, unification, and building bridges between birth-assigned men, birth-assigned men, and every other combination of gender and sex. Generally sex-positive, it strives toward equality for women by securing women’s rights in such a way as to secure rights for all.

      Then, there is negative feminism, among which TERFs stand out, that is built and predicated upon an unshakable adversarial relationship with others — seeing “equality” as something akin to keeping up with Cold War USSR in nuclear armaments and the space race. It seeks “equality” by treating others as adversaries to be beaten. Like much of the Religious Right, it seeks to take away from their perceived adversaries as much as it seeks to improve its own lot. And, like the Religious Right, it is generally sex-negative.

      Dealing with TERFs and those like them is tiring, wearying, and it takes a person of strong principle to resist being pushed toward “the other side” by their caustic exclusionary hostility.

  21. Teresa
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    mimi6000 says a “baby born with perfectly shaped sexual organs, who choose willingly to declare later in their life that the sex they were assigned at birth is not the right one, and decide to undergo surgical procedure to change what he or she had at birth. If you don’t see the difference, you should really checked your privileges.”

    The ignorance in this is outstanding. The realization that “the sex they were assigned at birth is not the right one” comes very early in life and they express this as soon as possible. They may not have the opportunity to change anything until much later in life depending on the circumstances they live in. Many of these individuals are so dispondent with the conflict they have to live with may attempt suicide so this is not a laughing matter.


  22. Darlie Brewster
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    “You should focus your effort on these guys, instead of demonizing a bunch of lesbians who will never actually kill, rape and murder a trans-person.”

    Oh the irony of someone trying to demonize one group while hysterically pleading not to demonize the group that puts them put them in danger of violence. How do we know they aren’t violent lesbians?!

    “And why do you always confuse intersex people with transpeople ?”

    We though that was your job.

    “you should really checked your privileges.”

    Says the cisgender white woman.

    1. Justin Hall
      Justin Hall at | | Reply

      Being a woman is never and has never been a privilege in any society, no matter how you try to spin it. Are trans women harassed/beaten/killed for wearing “feminine” things when they don’t pass? Yes. BUT WOMEN DEAL WITH THAT SIMPLY FOR BEING WOMEN. Women are literally hated for just existing. White Trans women don’t experience that kind of hatred until they put on something “*feminine*” (femininity is hated because women are hated).

      And yet, Trans extremists have the nerve to call females privileged.

      You could even argue that trans-women who hate themselves as males because of the way males are portrayed in patriarchy, as violent, disgusting monsters, means that females are privileged over them. OH WAIT! YOU CAN’T! BECAUSE FEMALES ARE TAUGHT TO DEVALUE AND HATE THEMSELVES FROM BIRTH BECAUSE OF THEIR SEX!

  23. Leslie Michelle
    Leslie Michelle at | | Reply

    You say there are “other” bathrooms. Yes? Where might those be? I certainly can’t safely use the men’s room and shouldn’t have to.
    Should I have to leave my friends at lunch to drive around looking for a family restroom? I shouldn’t have to suffer because of your paranoia. My I.D. is the same as yours – female. You describe medically necessary life-saving surgery as genital mutilation that is artificial and non health related. You are sadly dangerously ignorant here. The suicide rate for Transgender people is around 40%. Post op, it is less than the national average of about 1.5%. This surgery CURES an often fatal disorder. To try and tell me who I know myself to be is wrong is once again steeped in ignorance and agenda pushing. You are wrong. You lack compassion and that is decidedly UN feminine.

    1. Proud TERF
      Proud TERF at | | Reply

      Thank you so much for telling people about the growing pushback against transgenderism. Do you know how I found the community of women who are organizing against your appropriation, your perversion, and your misogyny? Why, you. Googled TERF and found a whole community of women who aren’t going to stand for it anymore. I so appreciate you pointing me in the right direction! Keep up the good work.

  24. anonkneemouse
    anonkneemouse at | | Reply

    Really? So called terra want to stop transgendered from housing and using the bathroom and from having access to medical care? No.

    Wanting a person of the male sex out of the women’s bathroom or women’s dorm is a legitimate concern. There are other bathrooms.

    Not wanting to give a person free government sponsored healthcare, or private health insurance, to perform genital mutilation, plastic surgery, or any other non-health related procedure isn’t attempting to prevent access to healthcare.

    Not catering to the whims of every childish person that sees extreme body modification as a “right” when it involves changing your gender…

    If you are not a true intersex person, you are just a male or female. Whether your brain is male or female and your “feelings” about your “identity” are irrelevant to the basic fact that you are what you are.

    This P.C. and sensitivity training in America is also a promotion of genital mutilation, and of plastic surgery, and of artificial medical procedures.

    GarDens aren’t spewing hatred about Transgendered people, we are merely failing to cater to their every childish whim and claim of entitlement, and refusing to give them “special rights” or “women’s rights”. They still have basic human rights. No one is promoting violence against them.

    1. Liz
      Liz at | | Reply

      What about trans men? What’s your excuse for hating them?

      1. EmmaLuxombourg
        EmmaLuxombourg at |

        In my experience trans men are seen by TERFs as either hapless victims of misogyny, or traitors to women.

  25. Hugh Easton
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    Just to add to the discussion, for the last 3 years I’ve been looking at the effects of an artificial estrogen called diethylstilbestrol (or DES). Based on what I’ve seen, I think many if not most cases of MTF transsexuality are likely to be an unintended consequence of medical treatment aimed at preventing miscarriages.

    As a result of these treatments, there are now literally millions of biologically male people alive who spent part of their prenatal development being exposed to artificial female hormones (estrogens and progestins), in doses that would shut down testosterone production in an adult man. Testosterone plays a crucial role in driving male development, and when you expose a male fetus to these testosterone-blocking drugs, in theory at least, the result should be a period of female development for as long as the hormone exposure continues. Based on what I’ve seen over the last 3 years, that’s what appears to have happened with DES.

    With DES (and with the treatments that replaced it), most of the exposure occurs during the second half of the pregnancy, after genital development has already completed and when the main thing going on is brain development. The result, at least as far as DES is concerned, is that it seems to have created people who look male (albeit often with intersex-related genital abnormalities), but whose brain development has predominantly gone down the female pathway instead of the male one. Not surprisingly, these people are at high risk of identifying as women rather than men later in life. The one study that’s ever been conducted of gender identity in DES sons found that 150 out of 500 identified as women, a rate of transsexuality hundreds of times higher than in the unexposed population.

    DES a treatment for preventing miscarriages was phased out 40 years ago, however I think it’s highly likely that some of the hormone treatments that replaced it are capable of producing similar effects as far as male development is concerned, and this is probably why rates of transsexuality have increased so much in recent years.

    Here’s a couple of discussions about DES as a cause of transsexuality:

    1. serenity
      serenity at | | Reply

      i’ve read about this before. i’m a transwoman who may well have been exposed to DES in my own wombtime (mid-1950s). there is also other indicators of exposure (cluster), which are lack of interest in sports/low athletic ability, and scores low on spatial relations tests (ability to visualize how a building will look by looking at the blueprints, for example). my experience is that, so far, female hormones, castration and at least some amount of transitioning is the best and most effective way to treat gender dysphoria so one can then get on with one’s life.

      thank you for mentioning this information, Hugh Easton. there really should be more awareness that most gender dysphorics have a biological/developmental component to deal with in life. gender dysphoria really is more of a medical issue than a social one, imho.

  26. 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
      Sam at | | Reply

      “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.

      1. kaur
        kaur at |

        Err… I’m not trans but I don’t think it’s fair to characterize being trans as a birth defect. That’s rather condescending, it would be like saying homosexuality is a defect because it is less common. It’s likely that some trans people feel their bodies are “defective” but I doubt all do.

        However, it is fair to point out that what a lot of TERFs fail to acknowledge is that physical sex, like gender, is infinitely more complex than we give it credit for. There are various types of intersexuality which result in people with both male and female characteristics: e.g., XY chromosomes and “female” external anatomy. Even just among cis women, there is NO one physical characteristic which could be said to be exclusively present in females/women and present in all females/women.

        I also don’t feel super comfortable pointing to science to legitimize what should be completely unquestioned and uncontroversial: respect and non-discrimination for a person’s identity. Appealing to science to justify that trans women are “real” women only implicitly furthers the TERF notion that there are groups of “real men” and “real women” that we (outsiders, no less) can objectively sort people into or exclude people from.

      2. Jane_S
        Jane_S at |


        See that’s the thing. As a transsexual, when I was growing up I felt broken specifically because THERE WAS A WAY TO FIX ME.

        What I needed was medical treatment. The medical treatment existed. It seemed very likely to make me much happier, like happy enough to probably not want to kill myself anymore. Thus it made perfect sense to me that I had a birth defect.

        Abstractly, it was the birth defect of having a mismatched brain and my nether parts, but ultimately my brain IS ME. If you “fixed” the brain it would involve erasing me and letting someone else (some new person constructed by brain surgery or something) to have my nether parts. Even if reparative therapy worked, it would be bad. And when bigoted parents try to get their children “mentally repaired” it has never worked. Thus, morally and pragmatically, my female brain was me and the birth defect was my nether parts.

        And that could be fixed! So it should have been simple right?

        The problem was that I had eyes and ears just like you. I could see what people said about obvious gender transitioners and I could see that no public institutions would provide medical care because most voters thought that “people like me” were basically human garbage.

        The now deceased Senator Jesse Helms (may he burn in hell) put a spike into the Americans With Disabilities Act to specifically exclude transsexuals, because he could see as well as I can that the text describing who “the disabled” are, as it was written and any reasonable person would interpret it, applied to transsexuals like me. So he proposed an amendment to that act, and specifically excluded transsexuals. Like a right wing hate monger. Like a TERF.

        It is a pretty clear smoking gun: “We want to help the disabled so let’s make a law saying they will get help, except transsexuals are technically disabled, and we hate them, so let’s make it so we help all the disabled except for the icky ones.”

        And so at this point my ENTIRE adult life has been organized around earning money and paying for medical care on my own. First in my late teens to pay for basic transition stuff. Then I socially transitioned and borrowed all that I could “for college” and spent it on medical care. I finally had bottom surgery, out of pocket, when I as 25 and spent my entire 20s paying off medical debts. Now I’ve spent the first half of my 30s struggling to save enough for IVF/surrogacy/adoption/whatever with my husband so we can have a baby.

        I understand that transsexuals are an untouchable caste. I understand that people with compromised fertility are considered subhuman and mostly feel shame about their brokenness. I stopped expecting “reproductively functional cis people in large groups thinking casually about my life from a distance and then voting on how I should be treated” to care about me long long long ago. I’m crying as I write this because my life has been disfigured by biological failures and the casual hate of strangers and there’s nothing I can do to change it.

        Cue the “I will survive!” theme song and imagine 20 years spent working 60 hour weeks to pay for medical bills. Sometimes I wonder if it would have been more courageous to become a prostitute for the cash :-/

        But I haven’t killed myself, and I pass well enough that my male bosses have felt comfortable making transphobic jokes in my presence – so I can hold down reasonably high paying jobs to actually have a hope of paying for these medical bills. But it leaves me with a measure of survivors guilt because other trans women aren’t as lucky.

        And I don’t hate individual cis people face-to-face because I understand that you only come together in groups BY ACCIDENT to casually and thoughtlessly vote to create the social and medical hellscape I’ve been navigating my entire life. It isn’t like you thin much about it. It isn’t like you especially want to hurt disabled people. It isn’t like most of you hate me specifically, its just that there are so many of you, and there’s a background culture of transphobia, and cultural inertia is what it is. So it goes, you know?

        So I guess that relative to the baseline normal outcomes for a member of a untouchable caste I’m doing pretty good?

        But honestly, I gave up on a desire to be simultaneously understood and respected long long long ago. Me, and people like me (who admittedly are not all trans women — trans women like me are a minority within the minority of transgender people in general) just wish that our birth defects could have been treated like the birth defects… instead of treating our birth defects as a reason to throw us in the garbage and leave us to survive on our own.

        Seriously. I hate identity politics SO MUCH because it makes political discussions like this turn into “respect” and “feeling natural” and “understanding” instead of about dollars and medical care and formal “de jure” institutional discrimination.

        Like imagine if people with cleft palates were considered cursed by God, were abandoned by their parents, and formed homeless encampments with distinctive subcultures. And only then did medical science advance enough to understand that cleft palates are caused by folic acid deficiencies during pregnancy and that reparative surgeries could fix them. Insurance companies didn’t want to pay for it and so they held onto the “cursed by God” theory for a while and claimed reparative surgeries were “experimental”. Slow progress is made against this. Some people with cleft palates argue that they deserve respect as is and refuse the surgery.

        And then some well meaning liberals showed up and said that people with cleft palates shouldn’t want surgery and shouldn’t think of themselves as having a disabling birth defect, because their “unique culture” was “worthy of respect” and their body shapes were “natural”. And the politicians would love to get votes by handing out “respect” rather than “medical coverage” because respect is CHEAP and politicians have a lot of people asking for various kinds of help. And so folic acid never becomes part of the standard of peri-natal care and cleft palate kids mostly don’t get surgery, and end up in a subculture.

        For me, it stopped being about respect when I was 17 years old. It is about medical care. If respect is a pre-condition for medical care, I want respect. If disrespect is a pre-condition for medical care, I want dis-respect.

        Now I, and trans women like me, just want actual physical help. Because I had a birth defect. And I’m still kind of disabled.

        And if you’re an infertile woman, and reading this, please notice how your medical insurance probably doesn’t cover the medical care that would help you have a baby. If that makes you sad: you and me are now in the same boat. The explicitly transsexual stuff is in my past. If explicitly transsexual medical care is covered or not, that helps this generation of trans kids, not me.

        But fertility treatment expenses are something my husband and I are facing right now, and from where I’m sitting, the way that infertile women are treated by insurance companies and the government looks pretty similar to the way teenaged trans girls were and sometimes still are treated. And that should make you think, I think.

        And I think the way insurance for fertility treatments work won’t change until infertile women start thinking about what they really want, and think about shame, and silence, and how silent shame makes it feasible for people to ignore people who are actually really in trouble. Medical care exists. Thus, the thing that medical care ameliorates is a defect.

        And you shouldn’t be ashamed to call yourself defective if admitting that you’re defective is the first step to fixing something that is actually broken and can be fixed.

    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”

  27. 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.

      1. mimi6000
        mimi6000 at |

        Oh please. This is Bullshit. Someone can disagree with your stance without being accused of denying your “Humanity” as people. So when someone disagrees with you, it makes him or her a “monster”, denying your right of existence? Why can’t you suggest some counter-arguments, instead of demonizing your opponent ? No radical feminist I know ever “laugh it off” when they read about trans people being tortured or murdered, you must confuse them with some MRAs : because they are men, and some men tend to find torture of trans quite amusing. You should focus your effort on these guys, instead of demonizing a bunch of lesbians who will never actually kill, rape and murder a trans-person. The only thing you can accuse them of being guilty, is that they criticize some of your claims, it is a political debates, and if you think they’re wrong, fine, but then, come with some actual arguments.
        And why do you always confuse intersex people with transpeople ? they’re a difference between someone born with an undefined sex, thus who must battle in their life to find their place as a gendered person, and a baby born with perfectly shaped sexual organs, who choose willingly to declare later in their life that the sex they were assigned at birth is not the right one, and decide to undergo surgical procedure to change what he or she had at birth. If you don’t see the difference, you should really checked your privileges.

    2. Elliot
      Elliot at | | Reply

      Probably due to a lack of empathy or not thinking that people who are transgender are actually people. It sucks and it’s horrifying.

  28. 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?

  29. Morgane
    Morgane at | | Reply

    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

  30. Alex Cale
    Alex Cale at | | Reply

    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.


  31. 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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

    1. Donny
      Donny at | | Reply


  34. April Kester
    April Kester at | | Reply

    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!!!!

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