I’m Still Confused

Stacy McCain does a bang-up job of keeping us up to date on the happenings of the radical feminists and transgenders. It looks like the trannies are shaping up to be the feminists’ arch enemies. To be honest, I can’t keep up with it all. Cis this, normative that, patriarchy over here, gender identity over there. Heck, I’m just trying to figure out how to pay our tax bill and put food on the table. That being said, it’s important to keep up on the culture the progressives built, weird language and all.

The ongoing conflict between radical feminists and transgender activists, which I first noticed in January and revisited last night in the context of the Dana McCallum rape case, has escaped the notice of mainstream liberal journalism. Liberals tacitly side with the transgenders in pretending that the radfems — a/k/a TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) — have no legitimate grievance.

What the TERFs perceive is that male-to-female transgenders are cynically seeking to usurp and co-opt the “feminist” label for their own advantage, thus shunting aside biological women and demoting them to second-class status within their own movement.

Of course, the instinctive conservative reaction to all this is to pop some popcorn and enjoy the schadenfreude. But the very fact that liberals want everybody to ignore this obscure conflict should be a clue that the conflict is, in fact, highly significant. Much like the Hugo Schwzyer “male feminist” controversy, which long raged on the margins of Gender Theory discussion before erupting into headlines, the TERF war against transfeminism (and vice-versa) tells us a lot about the problems of contemporary progressivism.

Let’s start with Cathy Brennan’s site Gender Identity Watch. Cathy Brennan is a radical lesbian feminist whose adamant defense of “female-only space” against transgender intrusion has made her a primary target of the anti-TERF campaign. Make no mistake: Brennan’s enemies are trying to destroy her, going so far as to petition the Southern Poverty Law Center to label her site a “hate group.”

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Welcome to the club, Cathy. Everyone is part of a hate group these days, thanks to radical lesbian feminists and their progressive allies. Now I think I’ll take a few moments to enjoy the schadenfreude.