Pay attention, if you’re not already neck-deep in the gender wars of online feminism. TERF is an acronym for “Trans Exclusive Radical Feminist” that its users claim is applied purely descriptively. Critics of the term point out that it is not used neutrally, but in all cases pejoratively: TERF is a curse word used solely against women, a version of “bitch” that liberals can feel OK saying. “TERFs” are charged with inciting and inflicting violence against transgender people, despite the fact that violence against transgender people, like all violence, is overwhelmingly committed by men and not by feminists of any stripe.
The definition of TERF is extraordinarily loose: what one is supposed to be excluding trans peoplefrom is never identified. To state that male and female bodies exist can be enough to win the TERF label; to state that the division of sex is the foundation of sexual oppression is more than sufficient. (If your observations of reality have led you to believe that sexual dimorphism in humans is both real and socially relevant, you may be confused to learn that acknowledging this is now deemed evidence of bigotry in some quarters.) It is also a highly toxic definition to apply to someone, both because of the intimation of violence, and because there is a hefty taboo within the left at large against “excluding” anyone.
i dont understand how i can get so much joy from covering my pets with blankets and watching the lump move around
On Wednesday I’ll be going to my mom’s for awhile. Not sure exactly how long, but it may be most of November. I haven’t really been participating much in the Monster community, but I want to just let everyone know I’m not disappearing for good, just for a little while.
Hopefully when I return I’ll become more active again. I’m sorry for being distant. Please don’t forget about me, okay?