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#TERFweek Redux

in #TERFweek/Cristan Williams

In the post announcing #TERFweek, we specified goals for the week. These goals were: Raise awareness about this movement of hate and the groups it forms. Educate people about its tactics. Collectively speak out against its bigotry. Encourage the Feminist, Radical Feminist and Lesbian communities to speak up about the aggressive colonization their communities have…

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How TERF violence inspired Camp Trans

in #TERFweek/Cristan Williams/History

In the middle of a cool August night in 1991, Nancy Burkholder was thrown out of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MWMF) because she‚Äôs a trans woman.¬† Burkholder was Janis Walworth‚Äôs friend and she was outraged that MWMF‚Äôs would engage in anti-trans discrimination. Walworth, a cisgender radical lesbian feminist, ¬†immediately began to educate MWMF attendees…

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A TERF’s fist gave rise to trans-inclusive women’s music festivals

in #TERFweek/Cristan Williams/History

What follows is a continuation of my interview with Radical Feminist lesbian icon,¬†Robin Tyler. In the previous piece, Tyler talked about being beaten by TERFs for trying to protect a trans woman from their assault. In this portion of the interview, Tyler¬†describes how a TERF’s fist at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MWMF) led her…

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#TERFweek: In stealth with the TERFs at MichFest

in #TERFweek/Fallon Fox

I remember the first time I encountered Transgender Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) transmisogyny face to face. It was years ago in 2011 when I attended the 33rd Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MWMF or MichFest) in stealth. If you’re not on the up and up on what the MWMF is, this page will briefly catch you…

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That time TERFs beat RadFems for protecting a trans woman from their assault

in #TERFweek/Cristan Williams/History

Robin Tyler is an iconic Radical Feminist lesbian who talked with me about the ways she confronted TERF violence and oppression against trans women. We discussed Tyler‚Äôs involvement with the 1973 West Coast Lesbian Feminist Conference. For some context on why this particular conference was so important, Susan Stryker sums it up well: [Beth] Elliott…

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TERFism as an Obsessive Sadistic Fetish: Part VI of the ‘Sexing the Body is Gender’ Series

in #TERFweek/Cristan Williams/Opinion/Sexing the Body is Gender

The obsessive nature of TERFs¬†who police the trans communities‚Äô selfhoods through¬†cruelty¬†can be viewed as an¬†obsessive sadistic fetish. The TERF movement ‚Äď in breathtaking acts of¬†Lateral Violence¬†‚Äď repeatedly conflate cruelty with empowerment. When harm is inflicted, they conflate the pain they inspire¬†with a strike against the oppression they face. ¬†While¬†this anti-trans behavior¬†has¬†yielded no measurable result in…

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