Terf Wars

Terf is one of those new words that keep springing up to describe points of view which only came into being recently, as our society divides and subdivides and subdivides. It is an acronym, standing for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist and trans women, or most of them anyway, (and I’ve no idea what trans men think about this) think J.K. Rowling is one.
Personally, I think J.K. Rowling is the most important author alive today, and I’m not too concerned that she doesn’t think trans women should be in women’s restrooms. I don’t agree with her. It just makes more sense to me that people should use whichever restroom is labeled with their current gender, instead of (in Rowling’s words) their natal gender.
But I don’t think her opinion on that makes her evil (and I’ve seen a lot of people on Facebook using that exact word), or even transphobic.
It’s very reminiscent of the firestorm that Joe Rogan faced when he said trans women shouldn’t be allowed to compete in women’s martial arts, because they still had male size and body strength. Which I totally agree with.
My point is, though, that trans people are taking this a step too far, they are fighting with people who could be on their side. There are literally billions of people in the world who are more transphobic than Joe Rogan and J.K. Rowling. And I’m sure trans people are aware of that.
Pick your battles, people. That’s all I’m saying.

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