This week Cambridge University Student Union have released a guide on “How to Spot TERF Ideology” in order to:
“make sure that our movements are safe and inclusive for everyone.”-Cambridge University Student Union 2019
After reading the quite frankly overtly misogynistic text that contains such ‘progressive’ suggestions as feminists:
“Centring the voices of trans women and transfeminine people”-Cambridge University Student Union 2019
and the blatantly racially insensitive:
“Recognising that the ‘sex binary’ is a colonial fiction created to oppress trans, queer, and gender-non-conforming people (esp. of indigenous genders), and people of colour as a whole, as well as women.”-Cambridge University Student Union 2019
I feel it’s important to consider if you yourself could be a TERF. To help aid you in this important journey of self discovery I present to you:
How to recognise that someone somewhere probably considers you a TERF
Are you a woman that knows:
- That there are only two human sexes?
- That gender is a social construct?
- That it is impossible for humans to change sex?
- That a woman is an adult human female?
- That a man is an adult human male?
- That lesbians are same sex attracted women and therefore are only attracted to other women?
- That gay men are same sex attracted men and therefore are only attracted to other men?
Someone somewhere almost certainly considers you a TERF.
Do you also acknowledge:
- That there is no such thing as a gendered soul?
- That human’s have existed for quite a while now because of sexual reproduction that involves two distinct sex classes?
- That intersex conditions do not prove that there are additional sexes and any such assertion is actually quite often considered insulting to those with intersex conditions?
- That male humans are of the sex class that typically has the ability to produce small gametes?
- That female humans are of the sex class that typically has the ability to produce large gametes?
Yes, that certainly seems a little…TERFY…
Have you ever:
- Considered menstruation to be a process that only women and girls experience?
- Considered sanitary products to be something that only women and girls would require?
- Considered pregnancy to be a state that only women and girls can experience?
- Considered miscarriage to be something that only happens to women and girls?
- Considered abortion to be something that only women and girls would have to consider?
…Yes, these too are examples of ‘TERF Ideology”….
Do you reject:
- Being referred to as a “cis” woman when “woman” is already a perfectly sufficient word to denote an adult human female?
- The assertion that all women have “cis privilege” (even those that live in poverty, suffer domestic violence, undergo FGM, are trafficked into prostitution or slavery, are murdered because of their sex )?
- The assertion that a 50 year old man that has been married to a woman and fathered children can suddenly realise that he’s always been a woman?
- The assertion that men can be lesbians?
- The idea that breastfeeding should be called “Chestfeeding“?
- The use of the phrase “Pregnant People” instead of “Pregnant Women”?
…Quite frankly at this point you’ve probably already been called a TERF…
Do you believe:
- That women should be able to peacefully meet together and discuss women’s issues without the permission, input or protest from male individuals?
- That only women give birth?
- That women should not require a police escort when attempting to talk about women’s issues?
- That a woman should be able to freely express concern over any ideology that they deem to be a threat to their rights without facing legal, social or emotional repercussions?
- That gender-neutral toilets in fact mean mixed-sex toilets and that this disproportionately discriminates against women?
TERF TERF TERFY TERF !
Finally: Are you a man that:
- Engages in any of the above behaviours?
- Has sympathy for the current plight of women?
- Feels angry or at least concerned about women’s rights being erased?
Then yes, you too can be considered a “Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist” – someone somewhere considers you a TERF.
When you acknowledge that women may just have a point about all of this suddenly the acronym suddenly doesn’t matter at all.
For an analysis of CUSU’s guide please see here.