I keep seeing that you have found a new name to give to your mothers, your sisters&your wives. To give to the little old lady in the grocery queue&the young girl scanning your items at the checkout. It’s a neat verbal weapon with a poison tip and you keep offering it.
You use it against ordinary,&brilliant,women all over the world who live their whole lives without your input. Those who dare to have opinions you didn’t sanction or who speak words you do not give them permission for. It reminds me of so many other words that came before it.
You call them Terf if they do not centre you&your concerns at all times. You add that word to the collection of vicious things they have been called for being female&for refusing to do what a male wants.We are not new to Male aggression;we see right through you when you do that.
Of course you have to keep calling women terfs. And more and more of us, all the time: Terf is just the sound your rage makes when we will not be subordinate.
The women punched or almost punched, the ones threatened with sexual violence&assaults, with deplatforming&even with death have hatred offered to them because they are female& because they recognise the humanity of all female people.
They cannot differentiate you from any other violent or overbearing Male when you behave like one to them. They recognise this behaviour. They cannot see you as anything other than you show yourself to be. It is that simple. But this inflames you more.
Anyone who claims to be the same as women, as they denigrate&command us, proves the claim to be a lie. Women resist that lie, because we have to. We recognise it as part of an ongoing problem with Male violence&Male entitlement that we are having to deal with.
We’ve been fighting against that for a very long time. We will not give way to it because you’ve invented a fancy new word to throw at us. We will not give way to it because you pretend it is bigotry for us to ever say no to you. We will not give way to it because you say so.
You cannot claim to be our sisters when you are behaving like the worst of men. Nor when you seek to push us down, and when you demonstrate you despise us the moment you feel we are not the good women, the meek women after all, who will throw flowers at your feet.
You don’t want to stand with any woman you can’t control. We see that. We see, too, that you don’t stand with trans people who sincerely respect women. You treat them terribly for daring to do so. You threaten&ostracise them for their audacity in allowing women room to simply be.
You don’t stand with them, but we do.We stand with trans people who do not try to strip us of our rights,our language&our spaces. Who do not want their freedom only at our expense.We stand with them against cruelty.The kinds you offer, &the kinds offered to both of us elsewhere
And we simply won’t be told how to be women,or how to be feminists,by anyone. Particularly by any male who is determined to show us that he hates us, or hates other women, with as much bubbling venom as any bargain basement misogynist. We are not sorry for the inconvenience.
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