Deconstructing TERF Tropes

The Strawman Shuffle:

TERFs tend to behave much like a right wing echo chamber so that once a new anti-trans strawman is created, it is quickly disseminated and replicated until the trans community and/or the trans allied community attempts to address the fallacy. When the discourse shifts from the original topic and onto the stawman, TERFs have succeeded in colonizing the discourse and will point to the colonized discourse as evidence that the original topic never existed.

Below are deconstructions of colonized trans discourse:

 

The Cotton Ceiling:

TERFs assert that Planned Parenthood helped teach trans people how to force lesbians to have sex with them and this amounts to corrective rape.

Trope Deconstructed

The Transsexual Empire:

TERFs assert that a medical-technical apparatus, in service of the patriarchy, is moving to subsume the female form and this amounts to rape.

Trope Deconstructed

Trans Surgery is a Creation of the Patriarchy:

TERFs assert that men, acting in service to the patriarchy, created MTF/FTM trans surgery and, in this way, it is the ultimate rape of the female form.

Trope Debunked

Cis was created by trans people as a slur:

TERFs assert Cis and Cisgender are recent creations of trans people and that it is a slur and represents one of the ways the patriarchy subjugates women.

Trope Debunked

TERF was created by trans people as a slur:

TERFs assert TERF was created as a slur against lesbians, women, radfems and/or feminists and as such, represents one of the ways the patriarchy subjugates women.

Trope Debunked

The Evergreen College Incident:

TERFs assert all trans women should be viewed as a potential risk because a trans woman had, on multiple occasions, stripped nude and paraded her genitals around in front of 6 year old girls.

Trope Debunked

The Florence Colorado Incident:

All trans women should be viewed as a potential risk because a 16 year old trans girl was actually a boy pretending to be trans in order to gain access to the girls restroom in order to sexually harass cis girls.

Trope Debunked

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  29. afn
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    how do you deconstruct the radfem trope that men are not women? if it is true that men can become women then debunk it!

    your “transmanifesto.doc” says that “Raymond [claims] transsexuals are constructs of an evil phallocratic empire and were designed to invade women’s spaces and appropriate women’s power.” If what radfems are saying is that MEN AS A GROUP are part of an evil empire and are designed to invade womens spaces and appropriate our power, AND than transsexuals are part of that group of all biological MEN. Then lets start from there. Debunk it and many will read and consider it.

    As for the Evergreen and Florence debunking, what about all the hundreds of cases of men dressing as women and assaulting women in restrooms. Many of those cases were also reported on fox news or other major news outlets. Were the details misreported there too? Men videoing women, stalking them, spying on them, assaulting them etc. If we’re all missing something, debunk it. I would read it and consider it.

    I am a radfem and i just read your whole website. We can talk about it.

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