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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.

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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.

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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.

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TERF
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.

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TERF
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.

43 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. john doe of america
    john doe of america at | | Reply

    FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCKING GAD DAMNNED SINFUL FUCKS YOUR ALL A REPRESENTATION OF FUCKED UP PEOPLE THAT ARE DEFECTIVE AMERICA IS BEING DESTROYED BY FUCKS AND DEMOCRATS LIKE YOU I HOPE YOU ALL ARE MISREBLE AND HATE LIFE BECAUSE THATS WHAT GOD INTENDED FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU!!!

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Andrea
    Andrea at | | Reply

    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!

  6. Susie
    Susie at | | Reply

    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.

  7. Trans Allies
    Trans Allies at | | Reply

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

  8. innocentbystander
    innocentbystander at | | Reply

    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
      Sally at | | Reply

      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.

    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.

  9. Teresa
    Teresa at | | Reply

    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.

    Teresa

  10. Darlie Brewster
    Darlie Brewster at | | Reply

    “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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. Hugh Easton
    Hugh Easton at | | Reply

    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:
    http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=20727
    http://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,84224.0.html

  14. Jen
    Jen at | | Reply

    “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 |

        @kaur

        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…

      http://settlerimmigrant.wordpress.com/

      “Nothing about us without us”

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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:
    http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/tag/morgane-oger/

    A balanced article of what was really happening:
    http://rabble.ca/news/2013/11/memorial-draws-controversy-over-invitation-speaker-janice-raymond

    The video message on exclusion that our coalition of concerned groups and persons published:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_orpyF5bzAg

    Morgane Oger
    Secretary, Trans Alliance of BC

  18. 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.

    Kindly,
    Alex

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!!!

Please comment with your real name using good manners.

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