The Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists
The TERFs and Gender Identity Watch
A Hate Group
By Sherrie D. Larch
Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists, also called TERFs, are pseudo-feminists that are members, supporters or followers of the hate group Gender Identity Watch, which was founded and is led by Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist Maryland attorney Catherine “Cathy” Brennan. The Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) and the transphobic hate group Gender Identity Watch want to eliminate the concept of gender identity and expression all together. The TERFs and Gender Identity Watch do not recognize any one that identifies as transgender, viewing transgenderism as a threat to womanhood and what they call female spaces. “Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, including but not limited to transsexuals, cross-dressers, androgynous people, genderqueers, and gender non-conforming people” TRANSGENDER TERMINOLOGY (2009). http://transequality.org/Resources/NCTE_TransTerminology.pdf.
Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists and Gender Identity Watch do not recognize that biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are all separate things in an individual’s total being. TERFs and Gender Identity Watch believe that we are only our biological sex and that there is no real gender identity or expression that is separate from our biology. TERFs and Gender Identity Watch believe that what makes a woman and a man is our XX and XY chromosomes and female and male genitalia. They do not recognize feminine or masculine traits and that there are no brain differences that can cause transgenderism, the feeling of not being or totally fitting in one’s biological sex. In their view the individual is either been influenced by society or are delusional even though science has proven various differences in key areas of the brains of transgender individuals. Jessica Hamzelou (2011) states: “They found significant differences between male and female brains in four regions of white matter – and the female-to-male transsexual people had white matter in these regions that resembled a male brain (Journal of Psychiatric Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2010.05.006). “It’s the first time it has been shown that the brains of female-to-male transsexual people are masculinised,” Guillamon says. In a separate study, the team used the same technique to compare white matter in 18 male-to-female transsexual people with that in 19 males and 19 females. Surprisingly, in each transsexual person’s brain the structure of the white matter in the four regions was halfway between that of the males and females (Journal of Psychiatric Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2010.11.007). “Their brains are not completely masculinised and not completely feminised, but they still feel female,” says Guillamon” Transsexual differences caught on brain scan by Jessica Hamzelou 2011). http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20032-transsexual-differences-caught-on-brain-scan.html#.UpSM1uKJOk8.
TERFs and Gender Identity Watch ignore science and individual autonomy to farther their cause of hate towards the transgender community and make outlandish statements that have nothing to do with true science or human decency. TERFs and Gender Identity also have stated that human sexuality is a choice and use what is called political lesbianism as a political tool to get back at cisgender men, which they also see as an enemy to womanhood and female spaces.
Many people see Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists and their group Gender Identity Watch as the Westboro Baptist Church version of feminism. They use transphobic propaganda to promote hate towards the transgender community using the same tactics that the Westboro Baptist Church does when spreading homophobic propaganda. TERFs and Gender Identity Watch targets transgender women especially because they get their transphobia and misandry, the hatred for anyone that was born biologically male, whether they identify as male or not and anyone that identifies as male or masculine in gender. They will call transgender women dangerous fetishists and rapists. They spread the transphobic propaganda that transgender women are all secretly straight cisgender men out to invade cisgender female space and to sexually harass and potentially rape cisgender girls and women if given the chance. TERFs and Gender Identity Watch purposely refer to transgender women as suffering from transvestic fetishism. The Dorland’s Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers (2007): “transvestic fetishism is a paraphilia of heterosexual males, characterized by recurrent, intense sexual urges, arousal, or orgasm associated with fantasized or actual dressing in clothing of the opposite sex” http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/transvestic+fetishism. Transvestic fetishism does not have anything to do with gender identity, it is a fetish not transgenderism. Transgender men, male identified butches, and female identified butches (that call themselves masculine) are also target by TERFs and Gender Identity Watch for being traitors to womanhood, wanting to be or identify as the enemy, which are all cisgender men. They will blame transgender men, male identified butches, female identified butches (that call themselves masculine) of joining the patriarchal society and misogynists and participating in the rape of cisgender women’s bodies.
Gender Identity Watch has been deemed a hate group by the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) “Ms. Allison Woolbert, founder of the TVTP, states [6/18/2014], “Gender Identity Watch is one of the most dangerous and malicious anti-transgender groups that exist today. Gender Identity Watch consistently targets specifically transgender individuals through daily campaigns of intimidation and malice including misgendering, outing, publishing photos, stalking transgender people on dating sites, social media and harassment of the individual. Their long standing anti-transgender actions constitutes a serious harm to any transgender person they deem a target and as such are declared today a Hate Group” http://www.transviolencetracker.org/index.php/press-releases/99-gender-identity-hate-group. Cathy Brennan and Gender Identity Watch have also worked with The Pacific Justice Institute an ex-gay organization that supports so-called gay conversion therapy. So homophobia is also a problem with Gender Identity Watch, when it serves a purpose in their transphobic agenda. Gender Identity Watch and its supporters and followers the Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists are a hate group.