All right, I am going to be completely honest here; honesty that isn’t cloaked in the level of neutrality I usually express because of my profession. So if you want to keep me on a perfect psychotherapist pedestal, or if you are sympathetic to the above aforementioned groups, you can skip this post all together. If you do decide to read on, this is going to be a long post, so grab a snack.
WTF is a SWERF & TERF?
SWERF & TERF, not to be confused with some mediocre version of a seafood platter, are terms that describe exclusionary “feminists” who are anti-trans and anti-sex work. More specifically, a SWERF is the term for a person who identifies as a “Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist” and a TERF is the term used for people who identify as a “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist.” Now, if it isn’t already obvious by the work I do, my previous blog posts & contributing articles I have written, I could not be any less supportive of these “radical feminist” movements if you paid me a million dollars and gave me a lifetime of free tacos (I love tacos!). And truly the icing on the cake is that these people are referring to themselves as feminists. Like, they’re inviting inequality and hatred into a movement that is SUPPOSE TO be anti-inequality and hatred. Am I right?
Trans Women ARE Women, So Shut It.
As I am sure you can imagine, TERFS are a subset of “feminists” who believe that trans women are not women and thus should not be provided with equal rights. According to TheTerfs.com, a group that monitors and exposes the hate group’s harmful behavior, TERFS attempt to “preserve a cisprivileged world through excluding trans people from fully participating in society as equal citizens.” I mean, the rate of trans women being murdered is at an all time high: Trans women are 4.3% more likely to be murdered than cis women; also, 87% of trans women murdered between 2013-2015 were women of color. Wow, seems like a lot is at stake to just “pretend” to be a woman, right? And honestly, when people actively fight against the equal treatment of marginalized groups, they are directly putting said group into harms way. So if you fight to keep trans people from adequate medical care for transition and they are murdered because of that, you have contributed to their death; see also, white feminism below.
Sex Workers Don’t Need Your Saving…
One theme that seems to be popping up all over the Internet and social media by SWERF’s is this idea that sex workers need to be protected and because of this, a feminist can’t be pro-sex work. Lets get one thing straight: sex workers are not in need of your protection or rescue. And don’t be quick to argue that sex workers are being forced into the profession. That is not sex work, but rather sex trafficking and enslavement; apples and oranges my friends. APPLES. AND. ORANGES.
Moreover, sex work is a profession in which a person provides sex in exchange for money or goods. Sex workers, like a person in any other profession, is providing a service for whatever reason they choose. When one acts as if a woman, for example, is unable to make the choice to engage in sex work, one is inadvertently making the argument that women are unable to make decisions for themselves. I mean, what’s the difference between deciding to have sex for money, versus deciding to have sex for pleasure? And if SWERF’s are so torn up over the working conditions of sex workers, why isn’t their a cute little acronym to describe the outrage these feminists feel over the treatment of female undocumented workers in the United States, who are primarily women of color, for example? Which brings me to the next topic (don’t you just love beautiful segues?).
STAHP Trying to Make White Feminism Happen, Gretchen.
Lets call a spade a spade: White “Feminism” is an attempt to disguise racism. Plain and simple. It’s a complete disregard for issues that affect women who are not white and wealthy. So how are women getting away with ignoring the plight of literally every other woman on the planet? Well, I guess how you would expect—using their privilege for selfish reasons. This is not true feminism. Honestly, it’s not feminism at all. Because as Audre Lorde once said, “I am not free when any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” Seriously.
All right. I need to go cool off. This topic gets me heated. Maybe I’ll go do some jumping jacks or something. Wait, who am I kidding? I’m not doing jump jacks.
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