As trans activists accrue cultural power and consolidate their territorial gains, their movement has begun the process of doing what all revolutionaries inevitably do: hunt down and punish dissenters. They aren't being subtle about it, either.
But for breathtaking brazenness it is hard to beat a new pamphlet from the Cambridge Student Union's Women's Campaign, which advises students on how to identify heretics who still doubt that a man can become a woman simply by saying so. It is titled -- subtly -- "How to Spot TERF Ideology."
The pamphlet opens by announcing that there are some women who are not welcome in the women's movement because those women oppose men in the women's movement:
Page 5 warns trans activists and their obedient allies not to engage TERFs. To do so would be to encounter arguments, and arguments can constitute hate speech if they do not involve the concession that dudes in unconvincing drag are actually Real Live Girls. The trans movement is one of those progressive movements that skipped from proposing assertions to demanding acceptance without bothering to do the persuasion bit that usually happens in between.
TERFs, we are told, are basically trash because they have "a conservative, binary, essentialist conception of sex as the be-all-end-all, and a deep hatred for trans women, couched in the language of feminism and feminist theory."
Got that? Radical feminists are conservatives now, because they want to conserve the idea that biological women are women and biological men are not. I can't wait to see who else becomes a "conservative" simply for refusing to junk a set of foundational scientific facts. In fact, the pamphlet notes that TERFs are not just conservative, but "it may also be worth bringing up that TERFs ... spend a lot of time working with the far-right."