Cheers sibs, thanks for all the fish.

So I got locked on Twitter, I suspect from mass reporting by the sort of trans folks who don’t remember the earlier iterations of the “TERF wars”, don’t understand what my stakes are in it, and don’t really care.

I’m not especially keen to be a part of an online community which is this censorious and authoritarian. Especially one which decries the lack of connection to trans women with experiences of prior generations of trans history, while shutting us down when some of the knowledge we carry is uncomfortable.

I’ll carry on doing trans activism, as I have for nearly…


The "trans umbrella" is a coalition of different gender-transgressive groups against anti transgender prejudice and discrimination. It is not an attempt to say that all groups under the umbrella are the same or have the same needs.

In particular, while the idea of "trans" (without a suffix) in Anglo-American trans liberalism has been somewhat colonised by an extremely medical-centric (ie transsexual) view based around the idea of transition, Transgender Liberation as a term was coined by Leslie Feinberg, and as a concept dates even further back. Leslie Feinberg was a non-transsexual butch genderqueer lesbian. Sie lived a large part of…


This is a topic I’ve written about a number of times on twitter, but I’m gradually realising that while I have a fair amount of reach there, things I write there are extremely ephemeral and as such there’s a tendency for these things to become just part of the passing deluge of outrage that haunts the stolen moments people take to indulge in doomscrolling while working. Consequently, apologies for this being roughly a 2 year old story. It’s one I commented on at the time, and noone really seems to have done anything about.

I would also like to be…


We, the trans community and our allies and advocates, really need people to start using “Transphobe” instead of “TERF” in the general case of transphobia. It’s a problem.

While it is true that there are disturbing alliances between self-described “Gender Critical Feminism” and the wider anti-feminist transphobic movement in the current backlash against trans people’s civil rights gains of the last decade or two, the vast majority of transphobes do not have the slightest interest in the works of Sheila Jeffreys or Mary Daly. They hate trans people and that’s it.

Our continued use of the term TERF has produced…


This article is largely addressed to those of my trans siblings and allies who are less likely to face lethal violence as a result of transphobia

Transgender Day of remembrance was founded in the late 90s in response to the murder of African American trans woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts, as an initially online and later worldwide memorial event for those trans and gender diverse people who have been killed. It has served the purpose of raising the issue of anti trans violence, and as an annual point of memorial and contemplation for those of us who have lost…


I do a probably much greater than average amount of consumption and discussion of hate propaganda. A fair amount of this is anti trans material from the “TERF” (trans exclusionary radical feminist) world, but as much or more comes from following the activities of religious conservatives usually organising in the background who get far less attention.

Over the last year or so I’ve been being told on Twitter by anxious people that I shouldn’t be linking sources as I’m driving traffic to them, and consequently “The Algorithm” is likely to be pushing more such hate material at people from there…


I’m trying to take a break from getting hammered on social media by people who can’t or (much more likely) prefer not read what trans people have to say for ourselves. In the meantime I’ve been watching transphobes continue the cycle of re-affirming their radicalisation through repeating lies about “trans ideology” to each other while ignoring the efforts of politicised trans people, trans studies academics, etc to set the record straight.

TERFs are entirely correct that, just as if you ask the average woman about gender there’s a decent chance you’ll find some who will say things like “women are…


or “Must we save sexology?”

Mini pre-note: I’m trying to add open access links where I can, if I’m missing any let me know.

Slight preamble

I’ve been reading, albeit out-of-order, articles from Vincent, Erikainen and Pearce’s collection of essays TERF Wars: Feminism and the fight for transgender futures. The entire work has been an excellent overview of trans, radical and queer feminist perspectives on issues raised by the recently re-ignited anti-trans border wars within feminism. It also serves as a much needed review of how these have broken into collaborations with the religious and nationalist far rights, which I would highly recommend to anyone on this…


Getting to grips with the fuzzy coalition of scapegoating

It occurred to me today that JK Rowling really has still not apologised at any point for spreading age old blatantly antisemitic stereotypes of greedy hook nosed bankers to children. At least I certainly can’t find it if she has apologised publicly for this.

In the Trump Era, there seems to be an endless array of instances in public life of the powerful just refusing to recognise harm they’ve done to minority groups at all. …


When I was young, coming to realise I was trans, the 90s trans liberation movement was at full swing, people were uncovering cases like the death of Tyra Hunter who was hit by a car and left to die by emergency medical responders who refused to treat her, or Robert Eads who died of ovarian cancer after more than a dozen doctors refused to treat him because he was transgender. You can find stories of similar as recently as the 2010s in America.

This problem is obviously not confined to the Anglo-American sphere either, with a 2016 incident being recorded…

Mallory Moore

is a trans woman, sometime activist and researcher of cis studies.

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