It’s time we updated from the old one.
It’s time we updated from the old one.
Like most members of the Woke Community, I am aware of the impending talk being given by mass murder advocate and arch TERF, Julie Bindel, at a venue named the Working Class Movement Library, in a place in England called Salford. Now until recently I had never heard of the Working Class Movement Library, or Salford for that matter, and I still have only a vague idea of what this Library’s purpose is. I know libraries are for storing books that you can’t buy and have to give back and that they tell you off for using highlighter pens (even pink ones), but that is not the issue here.
Now that I know Julie Bindel is going to be speaking at this library on the 4th of February as part of TQBGL History Month, the very existence of this building is causing me fear, pain and trauma. And this travesty must be stopped. Already, brave transactivists have tried in vain to educate this organization into cancelling the event, where the demonic trans oppressor Bindel will surely attempt to erase our trans and non binary siblings by talking about ‘Growing up as lesbian and working class in Northern England’, yet the library has had the temerity not to immediately send Bindel packing and offer a grovelling apology. This is an act of aggression, and the Working Class Moving Library must not be allowed to get away with it. If shown leniency, others may follow.
Oh, I know some cis privileged collaborators will point out that Bindel’s talk will not be addressing trans issues, but that isn’t the point. Bindel has already committed acts of word violence against our fragile community, she continues to incite suicide and murder via the fascist hate rag which is The Guardian newspaper, and until such time as Bindel fully recants her transphobic hate speech, she should not be permitted to speak publicly, about anything.
There are cis apologists who might make reference to ‘free speech’, and who dare to question the ethics of trying cut off the WCML’s funding and damage its reputation by our trans brethren and their allies leaving 1 star reviews on WCML’s Facebook page, and
bullying pressuring its public benefactors to withdraw their support. To this I say, HOW ELSE are we to defend ourselves against oppression? By peaceful protest? By engaging with Bindel’s toxic lies and rationally disproving them? When was the last time peaceful protest, or reasoned debate achieved anything?
No, Bindel has offended the trans and non binary community, and she has offended ME. Ever since I became aware of Bindel being invited to talk at a venue I’ve never heard of, about subjects I know nothing about, I have been distraught. I have been bursting into tears several times a day, and unable to do anything except look at funny cat videos on YouTube. And I am by no means the only one, two days ago a young student in Ohio learned that Julie Bindel would be speaking in public during TQBGL history month, and xe spontaneously combusted!
For all our sakes, the Working Class Movement Library must be shut down and punished for their defiance to our will! Only by driving them, and all other venues that give a platform to transphobes into bankruptcy and destitution can we protect our transiblings from the harmful opinions which encourage bad things to happen.
Because that, is what inclusivity is all about.
One cold, Winter’s night, a young feminist was returning home from a Women’s Anti-Trump march, when she noticed a snake coiled up in the snow. It’s small body was stiff from the cold, its eyes frozen shut.
“Oh, you poor little snake.” She said, stooping down. She took off her knitted pink pussy hat and wrapped it around the snake, before placing it inside her coat and continuing on her way.
As she drew near her apartment building the warmth from her body began to revive the snake and it stirred within her jacket.
“Don’t worry little snake.” She said reassuringly. “You’re safe now. I have an old reptile tank at home you can live in.”
But, as she reached her front door the snake suddenly darted into her blouse and bit her upon the chest. The girl sank to her knees in pain and surprise.
“Oh snake, why would you bite me, when I was so kind to you?”
“Kind?” Sneered the snake. “Kind? You called me a snake! You assumed my species! I am not a snake, I am a woman!”
“I’m so sorry.” Gasped the girl. “I did not realize you identified as a woman!”
“Identify?” Screamed the snake. “I do not ‘identify as a woman’, I am a woman. I have always been a woman. I just happen to have been assigned snake at birth! You were going to put me in some dusty old tank! You wanted to marginalize me, treat me as though I am different, when our only difference is that I am more oppressed than you! Now, take your smelly front hole and stay the hell out of my safe space, you Cis Scum TERF!!!”
And with that, the snake slithered beneath the front door, Switched on an old episode of Sex And The City, and started ordering cosmetics online.
Now, most of us know what a trans exclusionary radical feminist, aka TERF looks like. We’ve seen them celebrating the death of yet another trans teen, or preventing essential medical care for transpersons, or simply trying to stop them from going to the toilet. BUT, not every TERF is so open about their hateful murdering bigotry. There are those who fly under the radar, who hide in plain sight… who walk among us.
Are YOU harbouring a secret TERF? Perhaps you work with one. Perhaps one is your friend, or perhaps you even have one participating in your intersectional feminist discussion forum. It is essentially that these closet TERFs are rooted out. For until they are exposed and ostracised for their oppressive opinions, it will not be possible to educate them to the rightful path of intersectionality.
To help us in our efforts, here is a list of telltale signs to look out for when seeking a secret TERF:
Does she like to make distinctions between sex and gender, suggesting one is biological while the other is a social construct? Does she talk about chromosomes or biology like they’re important?
Is she still referring to transwomen as transwomen instead of just ‘women’, or referring to ciswomen simply as ‘women’ or even more suspiciously, ‘womyn’?
Does she go a bit quiet when Fallon Fox comes up in conversation?
Does she opine that intersectionality has more to do with race and class than gender identity?
Does she hesitate to applaud the stylishness and glamour of Caitlyn Jenner’s latest outfit?
Does she ask for citations over statistics regarding the violence and suicide involving transpeople, or suggest that intersectional factors like race, class or sexuality might be relevant?
Does she ask for citations?
Does she read material written by second wave feminists? Did she decline to burn her copy of The Female Eunuch when requested?
Does she associate with known TERFs who have been already been sniffed out and ejected from your social circles? Has she refrained from blocking them immediately on social media or joining in letter writing campaigns to get them fired or expelled?
Has she hesitated to agree that a child under eighteen should be given gender confirmation surgery?
Has she ever suggested that a child below the age of ten should not be given gender confirmation surgery?
Does she have a large pentacle incorporating a picture of Janice Raymond upon any of the walls in her home?
Does she or does she not follow Danielle Muscato on Twitter? Has she ever neglected to retweet her?
Does she regard the porn industry and prostitution fundamentally exploitive and fostering the objectification of women? SWERFs tend to have TERFish sympathies. Drop the words ‘Nordic Model’ into conversation and see where she goes with it.
Has she ever begun a statement with the words ‘Of course transpeople should be protected from violence and discrimination with regards to employment, healthcare and housing, but…’
Has being in her presence caused any nursing men to experience difficulties with chestfeeding?
Have any of the pre operative, male presenting, non dysphoric women in your social circle experienced erectile dysfunction after speaking with the potential TERF?
Does she appear uncomfortable about changing clothes alongside a transperson? If so, next time look carefully to see if she has any large moles about her body, these may in fact be ‘teats’, from which TERFs are known to suckle one another as they reinforce their cisprivilege.
Has she yet to vocally affirm that there can be no greater oppression than that suffered by a closeted trans lesbian, trapped in the body of a wealthy, white male industrialist?
How many pets does she have? If she has cats, are they black, does she talk to them? If she has more exotic pets, like a goat or a bat or a squirrel then there’s a good chance she’s a TERF, especially if they appear to converse with her. Be especially vigilant for her pets suckling at her TERF teat, that’s a total giveaway.
Look in her fridge, have either the milk, cheese or butter spoiled before their expiration date? Has she visited your home only for you to discover the milk had spoiled afterwards? (This test doesn’t work so well with vegan TERFs).
Does she live in a house made of gingerbread? This might not be apparent, it may be necessary to gnaw at one of the door frames.
Place a box of organic eggs next to her and see if any of them hatch.
Listen carefully to her speech patterns and her voice, does she emit a low buzzing noise similar to a bee or a wasp?
Hide some coins in a flower pot and hide it in her front garden, check back in thirteen days to see if the coins have turned into pebbles, or seashells.
Once certain, don’t be afraid to accuse her publicly. If she doesn’t recant, and refuses to accept leniency in exchange for informing on her fellow terfbians, paint the words ‘DIE CIS SCUM’ upon her front door in red paint, then form a group to follow her everywhere she goes chanting TERF! TERF! TERF!, ideally large bells should be rung as you do so, especially at her place of employment or education.
These individuals must be stopped, because their poisonous thoughts are what lead directly to the murders of transpeople. That’s right, if left unchecked, their wicked exclusionary thoughts will cause cis men (though not all men) to attack transgender individuals.
They stand in the way of life saving boob jobs, they misgender unborn children, and perpetuate harmful myths about transpeople not being the most oppressed minority throughout the history of humanity.
Worst of all, they prioritize the needs of ciswomen, thereby distorting the true meaning of feminism. Do not suffer a TERF to live.