Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists are one of the worst kinds of people out there. You’re not a feminist, so you’ve been canceled.
…wait hold on SJS, what’s a TERF?
What’s a TERF?
Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists. These are “feminists” who consistently choose to leave trans folks OUT of the conversation. Why? Because, well they suck. The idea is that “transwomen” aren’t really women because they “grew up men” and still “receive all the benefits of the patriarchy”. In turn, they use the same rhetoric with transmen “who grew up women” and are now “trying to receive the benefits of the patriarchy”. Either way, someway, all transpeople contribute to the patriarchy and therefore, do not deserve feminism.
That was honestly hard to write.
Transwomen are women.
Transmen are men.
They aren’t “men who grew up to be women and women who grew up to be men”. They’re people who sometimes grew up in the wrong bodies.
Don’t even get me started with NB people. OOMPH. The DISRESPECT.
Recently, the TERFs have been back at it again.
The Daily Spew is a twitter account, fairly conservative, with terfs on there. Very trans exclusionary. Recently they tweeted a poll that read “#transmenarenotwomen” with options “yes” and “no”. 98% answered yes; but the confusion is…that’s affirming?
I’m missing something. Did y’all just..affirm transfolks on accident?
Rhetoric from TERFs has been used for years to silence people. But right now, me and everyone else in the gendery and queer community are amused…
What is feminism really about?
Some folks are discussing how the latest wave of feminism, now, is more inclusive and is about intersecting various perspectives.
However, why is it that we rarely see any WOC or POC advocating as feminists?
A bustle article summarizes it pretty well, actually.
- There’s a lot of history of racism in feminism.
- White feminism is very real.
- We’re all responsible for making feminism more inclusive.
- Some WOC don’t feel comfortable calling themselves feminists.
- Our struggle is different than yours.
- We want to be heard.
- We don’t want to be spoken for.
These points actually explain it really well, because most of the points can be applied to a large majority of areas where earlier waves of feminism left groups and folks out. White feminism did, and continues to, thrive.
And yes, Taylor Swift is very much a white feminist.
How does this relate to TERFs?
TERFs are exclusive, and demand their turf space. But, people like me aren’t going to let them have it. Even when TERFs include race or ability, their sole goal to deconstruct the patriarchy and battle gender stereotypes and fight for equality of gender….is counter intuitive. They’re not fighting for all women.
Feminism, as a NB POC with mental illness, is something I’ve been grappling with. Do I not support an institution that’s not built for me, or do I contribute to change the culture and dialogue?
Why should I contribute to feminist conversations, and is it even worth it to enter white feminist spaces?
Comment Question: How do you contribute you feminist spaces, and why do you enter them? What ways do you feel silenced, and what ways do you feel empowered?
This is SJS, Signing off~
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