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[short thread]: if you're looking for a good analysis of why TERFism is so much more widespread and virulent in the UK than the US, you should check out this @nytopinion piece: nytimes.com/2019/02/07/opi… #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #feminism #feminist
...interestingly this is 2nd piece I've seen suggesting that UK TERFism grew out of UK skeptics movement from the 90s/00s. the other is this essay, which is great read (but please media outlets, don't format your articles so they cannot be saved as PDFs!):
...another factor cited in the aforementioned @nytopinion piece is British history of colonialism, which dovetails with what I said in this thread from back in October about how central intersectionality is in contemporary US feminism...
...as I discuss in this essay & thread, in US feminist settings, the belief that activism is a zero sum game, where being pro-trans (or pro-any marginalized group) = anti-woman/feminist, is utterly nonsensical...
...sure, feminism is about women. but women are diverse & intersect with all other marginalized groups (including #transgender ppl). therefore #feminism must also work to end all forms of marginalization. this work does *not* "erase women" – rather, it supports *all* women. FIN.
also, as an aside, the next time US conservatives fly in UK TERFs for a joint panel, rather than agreeing that "trans ppl = bad", I'd like to see them debate how we can possibly simultaneously both "threaten" & "reinforce" patriarchal gender roles...
...& for any of you who may actually buy into those "reinforcing gender" claims, I have a thread for you... #trans #transgender #LGBTQ #feminism
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