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I think the analysis of TERF & cis as slurs is rly interesting because like other slurs, what do they achieve? they reduce the lived experience of a marginalized group & their personal pride in their experience into a label that devalues it.
Example: being black is a lived experience negatively influenced by racists, oppressive government, and social stigma. Black people therefore have to work harder for rights & liberation, expressing that their politics are black-centric along the way.
Speaking as a black woman myself, black people have to have a lot of pride in our culture and existence in order to thrive in an oppressive & racist society. We have to prioritize self-love & compassion for each other in order to achieve more as a community.
If we don’t prioritize black people in our politics & efforts to help black people, then we wind up complacent and accept our lack of rights and our mistreatment. This doesn’t mean we don’t care about anyone else - it means that if we don’t prioritize us, our effort is lost.
So the n-word then serves as a toxic label racists can give us to essentially say “oh don’t listen to them. this person spews bullshit and is selfish. they want to terrorize society when it’s fine already! their words and actions don’t MATTER. we’re better off without them.”
Hence, the importance of stressing BLACK LIVES MATTER.
So when this comes to TERF & cis, we’re using these terms to label women who prioritize their experience as a female in a sexist, oppressive society and women who are radical feminists. Radical feminism is female-centric. If it’s anything but, the whole point is lost.
You can’t be a black rights activist and prioritize white, Hispanic, or Asian people. Sure, race rights laws can positively impact everyone, but the experience of each race is different.

You can’t prioritize transwomen in women’s rights arguments when their exp is different.
“TERF” is a faulty, aggressive label. Radical feminists prioritize females - which includes rights for female-bodied people like transmen & some non-binary people. Someone born male has different anatomy & a different lived experience regardless of trans identity realization.
Because they are born male, they enter the world with a set of privileges different from female people. So-called TERFs acknowledge this distinction, but radical feminism is not just a bunch of evil women grouping up to bash transwomen. They prioritize women’s safety & rights.
As for cis - TRAs claim cis is just a label for people who aren’t transgender, but behind the creation of that label is a LOT of vitriol. Cisgender people are often portrayed as being less liberated, less intelligent, and less compassionate than trans people. Which isn’t true.
There’s this weird idea that someone who is gender non-conforming has to be trans or non-binary or else they’re just not as “woke”. I believe transfeminine ppl call a GNC male who hasn’t identified as trans yet but shares dysphoria or MtF behavior an “egg”, as in, needs to hatch.
The issue with cis & TERF, as with any other slur, is this sense of intolerance. The f-slur communicates an intolerance of homosexuality & gender non-conformity. The n-slur communicated an intolerance of black people for their race, culture and history.
TERF falsely communicates that radical feminists are intolerant of trans people, when in actuality our politics are more complex than that. Cis communicates that anyone not trans-identified is intolerant of gender non-conformity in themselves or others. Which just isn’t true.
By trans definitions, I’m “cis” now despite the fact that I am GNC and detransitioned. I don’t agree to that. I just recognize that I am female and do not abide by stereotyped womanhood. That doesn’t make me trans either.
Calling women “cis” or “TERF” is often an attempt to silence women talking about their experiences and prioritizing those who share that experience. It creates a sense of aggression that simply isn’t there. But of course, calling someone something offensive will get them mad.
So I think the point of people emphasizing terms like TERF and cis especially when talking about feminist perspectives is to essentially label them as too aggressive, anger them into actually looking aggressive, and shut them up. Shocker that people want to silence women.
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