Recently I have discovered a particularly insidious group of seemingly progressive women who have turned out to be using the same selfish, arrogant, and offensive impulses as anti-feminists or Men’s Right Activists (MRAs). These women are known as TERFs, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists, and they are very dangerous!
Until tonight, I did not know all the bogus and hateful claims of the TERFs, but a blog entry seems to have finally assembled them together for all to see.
Let me be clear about this; I am not opposed to Julie Bindel, Germaine Greer, Milo Yiannopoulos or anyone else speaking about trans issues on the grounds of “offence”. These people may be offensive but that is not the reason why I believe they have no place speaking in our universities or in the media. The reason I oppose them speaking is because they use every opportunity they get, to spread deliberate lies about trans people which cause actual harm to trans people.
These lies include;
- trans children mostly do not grow up to be trans adults
- trans children have a medical transition forced upon them at too early a stage
- trans women use women’s toilets, not to pee but to attack women
- trans women are men
- trans people are mentally ill
- trans children are diagnosed too early and don’t have time to develop
- trans people are enemies of feminism
- trans people reinforce gender stereotypes and the oppression of womenThis is why I believe trans activists now need to ensure that these people are not given undeserved airtime to spread these lies and to sharpen our response to them when they do, exposing their lies and being clear that no-platforming is about opposing their practice of spreading harmful disinformation about us, rather than “offence”.
Let us look at these lies in detail.
trans children mostly do not grow up to be trans adults
Perhaps the TERFS are confused because they see examples of “tomboys” (masculine looking and acting girls) who grow up to look and act like typical women as adults. But even Peppermint Patty, the tomboy of the Peanuts comic strip, identified herself as a girl. She was NOT transgender.
trans children have a medical transition forced upon them at too early a stage
According to whom? If a child specifically says he or she is NOT the gender assigned at birth and wants to have procedures done to change the gender appearance at whatever age it can be done, where is the force?!
trans women use women’s toilets, not to pee but to attack women
GIVE US EVIDENCE FOR THAT OR IT IS NOT HAPPENING, TERFS!
trans women are men
Gender comes from TWO parts of the body, the genitals and the brain. If you think it is solely about the genitals, why not simply proclaim that a woman who has a hysterectomy is no longer a woman?
trans people are mentally ill
Bigots used to say the same about homosexuals. Note: If something about the brain does not impede reasoning and cognitive abilities, IT IS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS! Most gays, lesbians, and transgendered people are in fact highly intelligent and reason quite well.
trans children are diagnosed too early and don’t have time to develop
Assumes that one can know for sure one’s gender only at puberty. No, I believe one’s sexual ORIENTATION develops at that time (which is why child molestation is so horrible), but not gender IDENTITY.
trans people are enemies of feminism
Sure, if you define feminism as strictly segregating the genders so that one gender can occupy a superior position. You know who else thinks like that? MRAs!
trans people reinforce gender stereotypes and the oppression of women
That is like saying, “Jewish people reinforce racial stereotypes and the oppression of blacks.”
I won’t stand for this bullshit anymore. I am now an enemy of anyone who would identify herself as a TERF, accept TERF policies or advocate any TERF positions. Clearly there are some “feminists” who actually do think that women are superior to men and thus attack transgendered people for either betraying their sex or pretending to be their sex. And that in turn gives MRAs credibility they do not deserve. We must fight against both groups!