an important issue in the various Pagan and witchcraft communities
This essay was originally published at From the Shadows.
I learned a new term this week, I’m sorry to say. The term is TERF, which stands for “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist.” Apparently there is a whole subculture of feminists who are dedicated, not to fighting the patriarchy, but to fighting the quest of people who are transgendered to acquire equal rights. I learned about this because a woman who goes by the name of Pleope Septara Cyantornus set out to harass my friend Nornoriel Lokason on his blog this week. She was determined to inform Nornoriel that he is not actually a man, he’s a woman because biology has determined this. She tried to convince him, and his readers, that “transwomen” threaten women because their challenges to existing laws endanger women’s “protected status.” She tried to appeal to me in particular because I identified myself as a woman and a…
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