This is a related follow-on from the ‘prentend radfems‘ post.
Transactivists have taken to naming us “TERFs”, particularly since the Radfem2012 trans-exclusion policy created such a stir. Typical, they do like forceably naming us, first with ‘cis’, now with TERF.
TERF stands for ‘Trans Excluding Rad Fem” – as if there was any other kind. Personally I like these versions of TERF.
This is a longstanding battle, even before ‘TERF’ came into vogue this year, and has its beginnings in the anti-feminist backlash of the 1980s-90s. Regular feminism (or feminist-lite) was co-opted and infiltrated by all manner of anti-female agendas (“sex-positive” – pro-pornstitution, pro-bdsm, choice feminism) until it became the most useless and meaningless “3rd wave feminism” whose only achievement to womankind has been to rejoice at calling ourselves sluts.
*facepalm* yeah, these idiots want a “positive rape culture”, radical feminists want to abolish the rape culture. But such is the stupidity of the 3rd wave.
Now anti-feminist forces have set their sights on radical feminism, and want to do the same damn thing to radical feminism as they did to feminism-lite, co-opt it, redefine it, and make it meaningless/useless.
None of these techniques could be used if it were not for ‘identity politics’, whereby whatever you say you are is taken at face value and must be treated as sacred. Transgenderism relies heavily on the protection it gets from identity politics – we must not ‘question’ the sacred internal ‘gender’ of someone (apparently, although radfems don’t buy that).
Enter TERF. A term invented purely for the hijacking of radical feminist politics. It creates an artificial frame of reference that there are pro-trans radfems out there. The technique has been used unsuccessfully before, with such nonsense as “sex positive radical feminism” and “queer radical feminists” and “pro-pornsitution radical feminism”.
It is basically as ridiculous as saying “meat-eating vegetarianism”, creating an artificial notion that there are non-meat-eating vegetarians (NMEV) and meat-eating vegetarians (MEV) – total and utter stupidity and everyone can (or should!) see that fallacy.
Nor does it really make any sense for all our opposition to co-opt the term ‘radical feminism’, considering they and everyone else hate us. The only objective in co-opting and redefining the meaning of radical feminism is to make it as useless as feminism-lite (the geniuses that brought us ‘positive rape culture’).
That won’t be happening on my watch.
Now if you don’t mind, I am off to MRE (male rights extremists) forums to redefine MREism as pro-woman, militant matriarchy, and men as second class citizens. Because that doesn’t sound ridiculous at all.