So there's a thing where TERFs and their defenders love to define "woman" in very reductive ways that obviously exclude large numbers of cis women, like "Woman can get pregnant." or "Female means they have large gametes."

And when you point out exceptions, they get indignant.
They say, "OBVIOUSLY we're not talking about that, OBVIOUSLY we don't think infertile women aren't women, OBVIOUSLY you're just playing word games..."

Obviously, their definitions for "women" and "female" are as fuzzy and circular as anybody else's.
But as TMBG observed years ago: you can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding. The rhetoric you push, whether you believe it or not, will gain traction.

And so we'll see more things like this as time goes on.

The dweeb who posted that is probably closer to redpill/manosphere than any explicit flavor of TERF, given the disdain for feminism, but... I mean, TERFs and redpillers are both reactionary misogynist groups with a huge amount of overlap in praxis and beliefs.

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