Woman-Haters, Rejoice! Dictionary.com Goes Full Misogynist Wokebeard

A short definition with a picture worth 1000 words

What could be a clearer sign of misogyny than the Venus symbol negated? The author of this definition at Dictionary.com clearly has a problem with women who draw healthy boundaries.

TERF is used to describe cisgender women who self-identify as feminist but who are opposed to including transgender women in spaces they reserve for people who were assigned female at birth. This is because they believe trans women are men and since men cannot coexist with their feminist ideologies, they exclude them from their beliefs and support. In fact, they often believe they should be denied rights and sometimes advocate for harm against trans people.

In use online since at least 2008, TERF has different connotations, depending on who is using it. Those who use it to describe others note that it’s descriptive in nature, and not insulting.

But, well-known feminists who have been labeled TERF on the internet have come out to call the term a slur, because it is associated with violence and hatred.

A few years ago, feminist Rebeca Tuvel wrote a paper that was later unpublished by the feminist journal Hypatia for gender wrongthink. Conservative Ben Shapiro later adopted her thesis when debating gender issues, forever tainting a perfectly-sensible analogy with horrible rightwingness. But let us credit Tuvel instead, who asked us to imagine a world in which Rachel Dolezal was right, and we all owe a transracial Black woman an apology.

To wit, what if white people began “identifying” as Black — and had every level of power in society taking them seriously, so that it became a hate crime to call them white?

What if Black people who objected to the colonization of blackness got threatened and harassed using neologisms such as Trans Exclusionary Racial Purist, or TERP?

TERP is used to describe cisracial people who self-identify as Black but who are opposed to including transblack people in spaces they reserve for people who were assigned Black at birth. This is because they believe transblack people are white and since white people cannot coexist with their racist ideologies, they exclude them from their beliefs and support. In fact, they often believe they should be denied rights and sometimes advocate for harm against transracial people.

In use online since at least five minutes ago, TERP has different connotations, depending on who is using it. Those who use it to describe others note that it’s descriptive in nature, and not insulting.

But, well-known Black people who have been labeled TERP on the internet have come out to call the term a slur, because it is associated with violence and hatred.

Don’t assume this is impossible. The queering of language never actually ends, for mechanical postmodernism exists to strike down every kind of boundary. As race is even less biological than sex and far more socially-constructed than gender, what is to stop transracialism from the same solipsistic inversions, bending other paradigms of oppression backwards?

UPDATE: Moments after this post was published, the image was replaced:

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Former progressive activist declared heretic by his former movement for refusing to believe that "woman" is a costume or a feeling and recognizing male pattern behavior as male even when it wears lipstick and high heels. Just because you hate something I say does not make it hate speech.
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