For a few days leading up to febuarary 17th there was some chatter in the trans community about #terfmonday, Shit was going to supposedly “hit the fan.” Several veild threats were issued that looked like an indication that one trans activist, Dana lane Taylor, planned to attempt to hack the accounts of people who disagreed with him, specifically women. Dana has since denied this claim, however tweets exist of Dana soliciting advice from hackers and promising revenge on “TERFs” whom Dana also claims are responsible for the deaths of 50,000 trans women. I’m sure something in most rational people is having a riot mass laugh attack right about now. yes, Radical feminist are responsible for the death of 50,000 trans women! Dana is of course talking about the unfortunate suicide rate of trans people, but…radical feminist being the one’s causing it? Honestly I’d put that up to transphobia (being gender critical is NOT transphobic BTW.)and them being, on some level emotionally unstable and mentally ill. You can’t pin that on radical feminist, it’s just disengenous. Never the less, this was Dana’s battle cry.
What #terfmonday turned out to be, however, was a hashtag where Trans women (mostly)could, in unapologetic male fashion, tell women(mostly) how wrong they were for not considering trans feelings, and for not putting trans needs over over the the needs and rights of female people. It was great to see though that there where people, women, men, and even a few trans people that called bullshit on what was going on. While the liberal/progressive way of thought becomes a growing trend , especially among the younger genrations,It’s a flawed way of thinking. Blue can’t be red because it feels fiery, so why are we going to indulge and humor the fantasy that it is? Moreover say that we never saw blue in the first place, that we saw red all along. In reality it’s a cruel practice to facillitate people to discard their bodies to physical change rather than seeking more thoroughly to encourage self love.
That’s not to say that I’m opposed to SRS, I think it should be avaialble, I think it should be more accessible, I simply don’t think it should be encouraged. We don’t go wrong with having the option avaibale, we go wrong in the encouragement. When we choose to take the self love approach , accusations of transphobia and cissexism abound. Things like #terfmonday happen. Instead of actually addressing transphobia, or real solutions for trans safety the trans community seems more intent on villifying women, radical feminist and gender abolishnist. Most of which, I think it’s safe to say, want nothing more than to see an end to male violence, and in such violence against trans people. But no…50,000 trans deaths are on our hands. Why? Because for us, people’s identities don’t take priorty over reality. #terfmonday came to an anti-climatic close with Bitch Magazine, in co-operation with Dana Lane Taylor releasing an piece that gender identity watch sums up best:
So #terfmonday…really…that was it? Yawn. When are we actually going to start working towards the safety of trans people while understanding the need for female only space? The fact that women are a vulnerable class around men (or, for clarification and if you reject ‘man’ then penised person.). We don’t need but to look at the news in the morning to see that male violence is an issue, can we blame women for wanting distance? No, we cant. We can respect that though. So really, this is aimed to any trans people who may be reading this- IF you really care about the safety of ALL people in this debate, advocate for gender neutral spaces. Stop with the “but that’s separate but equal!!” line, we all have spaces, lines have been drawn, respect boundaries. Go out and set your own. People would be willing to help. But don’t expect smiles when you feel entitleded enough to cross those of others.