Tuesday, 23 April 2013

TERFs, MRAs and lies about trans people.


The recent decision by the London Irish Centre to cancel the transphobic TERF13 (otherwise known as “Radfem 2013”) conference has resulted in a tsunami of misinformation, disinformation and downright lies from TERF*s and MRA**s alike. 

MRAs have claimed that violent protest action by members of MRA groups caused the conference to be cancelled.

TERFs have claimed that violent protest action by members of MRA groups caused the conference to be cancelled.

The truth is much less headline-grabbing and much less useful to both TERFs and MRAs, both of whom have an interest in presenting this as a victory of MRAs over TERFs, both of which have appropriated trans people’s legitimate opposition to TERF transphobia and hate-mongering for their own hateful and divisive narratives.

The TERFs want to portray their conference as being cancelled because of male violence. This is to help them gain credibility with other feminists. They need to do this because they lack credibility in every other area. They have also been quick to call this a "pincer action" between MRAs and trans people. Their desperation to portray trans people as working with MRAs being so great that they have done so in their usual, evidence-free way.

MRAs have been desperate to portray their action against TERFs as successful, probably to justify themselves as fighting against feminist oppression, a fantasy which, like TERF ideology, is also evidence-free.

However this is what the London Irish Centre has said about this issue:

“We did some research into RadFem and discovered certain language was used and some statements were made about transgender people that would go against our equalities and diversity policy.”

In other words the cancellation has nothing to do with MRAs and everything to do with the LIC’s equalities and diversity policy. It is interesting how venues tend to cancel TERF bookings once the issue of  TERF discrimination and aggression towards trans people is pointed out to them and they do some research. This is exactly what happened the previous year with Conway Hall. It is becoming a kind of ritual; 

Annual TERF hate-fest cancellation ritual

  1. TERFs decide to have a hate-fest disguised as a conference
  2. TERFs try to book a ‘respectable’ venue in an attempt to add credibility to their hate fest
  3. Trans people point out to the conference venue some of the things that TERFs have said or done
  4. Trans people suggest the venue does a bit of research independently about TERFs
  5. The venue does a bit of research independently
  6. The venue realises what TERFs are really like
  7. The venue cancels the booking 
  8. TERFs accuse trans people of threats/violence/intimidation/the usual rubbish
  9. Trans people get on with their lives and ignore TERFs like everyone else does
  10. TERFs try to claim some kind of credibility from the whole thing and claim ‘silencing’ despite the obvious fact that TERFs are the ones trying to silence and intimidate trans people.

Notice here how the whole exercise seems to be a TERF attempt to obtain credibility. This is important because their arguments and general behaviour (intimidation, threats, outing trans people, breaches of privacy/copyright, silencing, calling for trans people’s extermination, attempts at delegitimizing trans people, bullying etc.) are partly why their ideology has no credibility. As such the only way they can possibly manufacture credibility is to claim to be ‘silenced’ or ‘censored’ and bullied by MRAs.

The MRAs in turn have tried to claim credibility for what is essentially a misogynist hate movement that oppresses women under the guise of male ‘liberation’. They employ online attacks and attempt to silence feminists through threats of violence and online bullying of feminist bloggers and journalists. In this case they have claimed that their violent and intimidatory tactics against the TERFs and the London Irish Centre are justified and successful. To that end they have appropriated the actions of trans people who have calmly and peacefully, through reasoned argument, persuaded both the LIC and Conway Hall to do some research and rethink their bookings.

Trans people reject the tactics and aims of MRAs. MRAs represent the patriarchy, actively promote a culture and ideology that oppresses trans people as well as cisgender women, and tries to silence feminists. To appropriate trans people for their oppressive action is the worst kind of hypocrisy.


Your Handy Guide to the differences between TERFs and MRAs;

TERFs
MRAs
Make evidence-free claims
Make evidence-free claims
Misrepresent trans people
Misrepresent trans people
Use threats and bullying as a matter of course
Use threats and bullying as a matter of course
Try to present their own oppressive actions as a struggle against oppression
Try to present their own oppressive actions as a struggle against oppression
Try to manufacture aggression to claim credibility for an ideology which has none
Try to manufacture aggression to claim credibility for an ideology which has none
Lie a lot
Lie a lot
Attribute the actions of one trans person, to the entire trans community
Attribute the actions of one trans person, to the entire trans community
Consider trans women to be men
Consider trans women to be men
Have an interest portraying the cancellation as the result of MRA threats and intimidation
Have an interest portraying the cancellation as the result of MRA threats and intimidation


 *Trans Exclusionary "Radical Feminists" 
**Men's "Rights" Activists

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for clearing this up! there was some confusion in Lesbilicious about what the true extent of it was. Going to link this here in the comments.

    My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. xx

    Pix.

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  2. Brilliant! Simple, elegant, and true.

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