The 4 Most Laughable TERF Arguments
Start writing a post

"TERF" stands for "trans-exclusive radical feminists."

Simply put, TERF is a term in the radical feminist community to refer to those "feminists" who are transphobic. In their mind, transgendered women do not have the same oppressions as women in today's society and, therefore, are somehow not worthy of being helped.

Ignoring the fact that, arguably, transgendered women have a much worse experience in modern society than women do, I want to address this ideology and its ridiculous rhetoric, because they are one of the many reasons feminism today is dying.

In 2013, 28% of Americans identified as feminist. Just two years later, that number has dropped to only 18%. Are these people actually not feminists? Likely not. Most of them support, at the very least, equal rights for women, surely.

While they may not accept feminist ideas such as the patriarchy, most will at least concede that men and women should be equal in society. So, then, why is this collapse happening?

Simple: disgraceful forms of radicalism have been alive and well in the feminist community for a very long time, and those forms give feminists a bad name. In a way, then, this is my way of fighting back and helping to reclaiming feminism for people who actually fight for equality.

I understand that this will not change the minds of any TERFs who may be reading this. I know that from personal experience; my opinion, as a man, means nothing to them, so I see no reason to address this to them. I'm addressing it towards real feminists and people who have a negative view of feminists who need to know the truth of the matter.

1. "TERF is a slur!"

First, I want to address this, because I know this will be brought up in any discussion about TERFs. While the term is quite young, it already has quite a bit of criticism. Numerous people have claimed that TERF is a slur against their ideology. TigerTim on Twitter, who, sincheye then, has removed or changed her Twitter account, argued that "It was coined to purposefully insult and discredit Radical Feminists so they can be excluded & silenced." An interesting proposition. Yet, when one looks at the origins of the term, one finds this argument lacking to say the least. After all, the term was coined in 2008 by a cisgender feminist who, herself, identified as a member of that subset of radical feminists. In fact, she even clarified what she meant by TERF when she coined it once this argument started going around:

Grammatically, the “trans-exclusionary” placed before “radical feminist in the TERF acronym means that it modifies “radical feminist”, describing a subset. Just the way that the term Italian-American doesn’t mean that all Americans are ethnically Italian, it’s just describing a subset of Americans.

In reality, the term is merely a means to identify those who hold transphobic beliefs in the feminist community. "The 'TERF is a slur' meme is a way for TERFs to simultaneously attack and dismiss critiques of their ideology and behavior." Sorry to have to break it to you, TERFs. Your argument has no validity here. In truth, TERF is simply a way to describe a type of bigot. Next think you know, "sexist" and "racist" will be slurs, because they hurt the little bigot's feelings. Cry me a river.

2. "Trans women are a threat to women (in the bathroom, especially)!"

First off, this whole debate has been done to death, I realize, but I wanted to bring it up because it is always hilarious when it's hard to tell the difference between a "feminist" and a hardcore conservative. Nothing says "radical feminist" like being unrecognizable from a right-wing nutcase. When you find yourself agreeing with the KKK and men who are considered a continued risk to women, you may want to reevaluate your position. Alright, though. Let's here what they have to say. The Facebook page Women are not property. Sex is not a contract., an openly transphobiac page that has an unnatural obsession with the bodily functions of trans people, wrote the following:

Why don't men travel to the bathroom together in packs? Exactly. They don't fear imminent danger to the point where their lives have subconsciously been developed over time to never be alone, not even during bowel movements.

Males as a class are dangerous, their preferred gender identity is not the issue though male trans do tend to be more abusive towards women than the average misogynist.'

Mad props to the brave, honorable men who are not threatened by women using their bathroom as the risk of androcide and rape are so high. Kudos.

The implications in these posts, of course, are that women fear for their safety because of the potential of predatory men to attack them in the bathroom. Men, and, therefore, trans women, do not. Yet, this argument was flawed from the very beginning. Firstly, it begs the question by assuming that trans women are men. Secondly, even if it was not fallacious from the get-go, the basis for the argument is simply wrong. For one thing, there have been virtually no cases of sexual assault done by transgendered men. For another, while TERFs like to post examples of men claiming to be transgendered and assaulting or harrassing women in the bathroom, there is a clear problem with that: this bathroom bill would not solve the problem, because criminals will act criminally regardless of the law (because of course). Lastly, biological women are not the only ones who live in fear. 50% of all transgendered people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime. That's HALF. The problem with the argument, then, is not that transgendered men are a danger to women; it's that transgendered men are in danger. Yet, TERFs don't want to discuss this, pretending to ignore reality. Probably because facts are not on their side very often.

3. "Gender does not exist (i.e., trans women are just men)!"

This is just inherently false. Scientifically speaking, there is evidence to suggest differences in the brain shape of cisgender and transgender people. Transsexual female-to-males have increased white matter in areas that resemble male brains, as well as other brain differences. A twin is 62% more likely to be transgendered if the other twin is as well. This is a statistically verifiable and proven phenomenon. It is hard to claim that these trends do not exist. Next you'll be claiming lesbians and homosexuals don't exist.

4. "You can be a feminist and be trans-exclusive!"

No, you can't. You cannot pretend that you are against the oppression of women and then oppress women yourself. You're not a feminist if you're a TERF. You're a hypocrite, plain and simple. I think TheTERFs.com articulates my views on the matter quite nicely:

Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists, as in excluding trans people from housing, employment, education, and accomodation [sic] equality as well as local, state, national and United Nations protections. It means preserving a cisprivileged world through excluding trans people from fully participating in society as equal citizens.

TERFs are oppressors. They have no place in the feminist community.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

When it comes to wedding planning, each and every detail is customized to the style of the couple. From venue and decorations to food and beverages, nothing gets overlooked — whether your wedding is big, small, or virtual.

The same thing goes for invites, which are getting more and more beautiful every wedding season. If you're looking to customize your wedding invitations, the options are endless... you can add pictures if you wish, opt for fancy artwork, or keep it simple with just text).

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

23 Burning Questions We Have For The Taureans In Our Lives, Answered By A Taurus

The remaining 11 signs took the bull by the horns, and it was a fun and insightful experience!

Jordyn Leach

Lately, I've been digging deeper into astrology and studying my sign. Throughout the journey, it's come to my attention that Taurus are probably one of the most complicated signs - that is, if you're not a Taurus.

To gain a little more perspective on how my sign is viewed by the others, I requested that the participants submit a question in response to the following:

Keep Reading... Show less
Universal Pictures

A music enthusiast like myself has a playlist for every mood. Life's a movie and you're the main character. In no specific order, listen to these songs to feel on top of the world!

Pro Tip: turn your crossfade up to 3 seconds for a seamless transition between each song!

Keep Reading... Show less

We've all been there. You see that super cute guy on your dating app of choice, his bio is funny, and then, the gut-wrenching feeling hits when you see their political views don't exactly line up with yours. He loves Trump, you can't stand him, or vice versa.

A lot of people will say you can get over politics, but I know from personal experience, as well as this survey, that politics play a huge role in whether a relationship will work or if we're even willing to swipe right on that profile.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

CBD Lip Balm Is The Calming Presence You Need In Your Life, Trust Me

I tried lip balm, sleep gummies, and an oil dropper from CBDistillery. Here's the final verdict.

@lilyjmoe

CBD has been on making waves within the wellness space for the last few years. Generally related to the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, it's growing easier to find small CBD companies who are making products specifically designed to fit your needs. As FDA rules for CBD production can be a little hazy, it's true that not all CBD products are created equally. That's why it's important to look into the manufacturing of whatever you're deciding to try, especially if you're new to taking CBD.

As someone who has tried a variety of CBD products — some victories, some failures — I was thrilled when CBDistillery sent me a package of their favorites. They included a Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, their Nighttime Gummies, and a CBD Lip Balm.

Keep Reading... Show less

After a few months of self-quarantining, becoming suspicious of every cough, and blowing through masks like a medical school student, restrictions due to the pandemic are easing up a bit and businesses are warily reopening. While these public spaces may look the same on the outside, the way they function and operate is vastly different than a few months ago.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's the most wonderful time of the year again — it's sorority recruitment season! While recruitment can be a fun and memorable experience, it can also take a toll on your mental health, especially this year, considering the special circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few reminders to keep in your mental health toolkit during recruitment week to help keep your mental health at bay during this unique experience.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Kamala Harris Is The Biggest Hypocrite Of The #MeToo Movement

A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Kamala Harris — and no one wants a hypocrite for a vice president.

Joe Biden just chose Kamala Harris to be his running mate against Donald Trump and Mike Pence in 2020. Now, for many reasons, this is hilarious as I think Biden just solidified his fate and gave the election to President Trump, but that's for another time.

Keep Reading... Show less

With no sign of the pandemic going anywhere, brides and grooms who planned to be married in 2020 are forced to opt for plan B — if not plan C or D. While some are downsizing their in-person weddings to meet coronavirus guidelines and state restrictions, others are choosing to cancel theirs until further notice and some, well, they're embracing the virtual "I do."

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending a Zoom wedding for my friend and fellow editor and writer, Kristin Magaldi, and the short-but-sweet ceremony left me in happy tears (surprise surprise). In order to get the scoop on what exactly went into planning a virtual wedding, I asked Kristin to share her best tips so other couples know exactly how to have a Zoom wedding in case they're looking to lean into the video chat vows, too.

Keep Reading... Show less
Nickelodeon

Now, this is a story all about how, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is getting a reboot, and every '90s kid is currently screaming. (Yes, you heard me correctly.)

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments