and this is why imo “terf” is such a meaningless way to categorize people’s politics. its always thrown out at lesbians (despite hetero radfems being the ones with the most toxic rhetoric) and its always “xyz is a terf” with no further explanation for why they think this is the case. it is just understood, accepted, and socially ostracize another.
like yeah i have read a lot of radical feminist theory, a lot of what i do is inspired by it. i am also a multi-dimensional person who can agree and disagree with what i feel is just. feminism is not one linear ideology and not one “correct” way to conceptualize the oppression of women. ok? im not in the mood for this and i just wanna shut it down now before any other bullshit pops up. if you’re mad im not a liberal mogai feminist then yeah sure unfollow me idc lmao
Terf stands for trans exclusionary radical feminist. Basically they’re the people who want women to have equal rights( or sometimes to have more rights) and don’t believe in trans people. They’re especially violent to trans women. In my personal experience a lot of them claim to be “cured trans” so in some cases it’s really bad internalized transphobia but in most it’s just gross blatant transphobia.
You're probably getting a few dozen of these but...what is/are TERFs and why do they sound like a super-douchey thing?
TERF is an acronym that stands for trans exclusionary radical feminist.
Essentially, they call themselves champions of women, but are hella transphobic in every conceivable way. Basically take the views of a far right evangelical on gender identity and stick it in the skull of someone who insists they’re a feminist.
why do you think gay marriage is called same sex marriage? why do you think gay conversion therapy targets same sex attraction? why do you think we've always used words like homophile and homosexual to mean same sex oriented? lesbians who aren't radical feminists or trans exclusionary in their feminism shouldn't be called terfs. terf shouldn't mean lesbian. lesbians can't help it. heterosexual trans women don't date each other, why should lesbians be attacked for not dating dmabs?
Because the original meaning of words and phrases change. Because the root of words don’t always have the exact same meaning. Because you’re clearly trying to use this as a way to exclude trans people. And like I said, we are not saying lesbians should date anyone they don’t want to. We want to make sure their identities are being respected and that gender isn’t just about genitals. How hard is this to get???
if you were previously homophobic but realize you were wrong: that’s ok, u are learning
if you are struggling with internalized misogyny: that’s ok too, keep fighting to overcome the sexism that society perpetuates
if you were accidentally trans phobic but are fixing it: great, we need everyone on our side
if at any point u were wrong and are trying to fix it: we accept you and we were all there. keep working to be a good person
• are not selfish
• are not less of a woman
• are not weird
• are not immature
• won’t necessarily change her mind
• won’t necessary be a lonely old lady
• “a lonely old crazy cat lady” is a patriarchal asshole stereotype:):):):)
• doesn’t necessarily hate kids
• doesn’t need to give you an explanation
Does the sun ask itself, “Am I good? Am I worthwhile? Is there enough of me?” No, it burns and it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “What does the moon think of me? How does Mars feel about me today?” No it burns, it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “Am I as big as other suns in other galaxies?” No, it burns, it shines.
Andrea Dworkin, Our blood: prophecies and discourses on sexual politics (1976)
Infertile women may not be able to give birth, but from the second the doctor says “It’s a girl”, they are raised with the expectation that someday they will have children and are groomed into that role and that is an experience that all women share and men, regardless of identity, never will.
And you need to stop feeling ashamed of:
• being hairy
• having boobs that don’t look like perfect round porn boobs
• having no boobs!
• stretch marks
• curves in the “wrong place”
• wobbly bits
• dark circles under your eyes
• “big pores”
• “uneven skin tone”
• anything your body does naturally that isn’t an indicator of a health problem and that society wants you to change for the male gaze
terfs are incapable of speaking coherent sentences. between repeating “male violence”, “cis woman oppression”, “genderist cult”, and “trans minors should die”, their basic language skills have depleted significantly