When did threatening women with violence go from broke to woke?
Twitter trends come and go, whether it’s sharing make-up free selfies, favourite films or books, or sharing your experiences of your abortions with anti abortion politicians. Every so often, a tweet pattern will catch on, we’ll get a flurry of people repeating it with their own variations, and then it’ll die again. And, for the most part, these are pretty harmless.
The last few days though have brought about a new trend. A trend that, apparently, is celebrating threats of violence against women.
The wokest of the woke are sharing photos with the catchphrase “POV if you’re a TERF in my mentions.” These photos are mainly of the tweeter in question armed with weaponry.
Here is someone going by the name Corinne armed with a strap.
This one is wielding what I think is a bat? A chair leg? Something blunt and wooden anyway. The kind of thing that would cause damage.
The friendly looking “Vomit Boy” is opting for a skateboard as his weapon of choice, his friends below apparently preferring toy hammers. The childish toys choices is a curious one.
This person is opting for old fashioned fists. No weaponry needed when you’re so enthusiastic about beating up a woman who disagrees with you.
Some of these tweets are being reported and removed due to their threatening nature, but many are left up.
So, I must ask, what the fuck is going on?
If you’re unfamiliar with the subject matter, TERF is a label given to anyone who doesn’t believe that a transwoman is biologically female, or a transman is biologically male. It began, apparently, as standing for Trans Exclusive Radical Feminist, but has since been applied to many different people regardless of their takes on feminism, but primarily to women.
The recent years have brought this subject quite a lot of media attention as trans people are coming more and more into the public eye.
More and more transwomen are gaining fame in areas such as sport, politics and media, whilst a number of transmen are coming into the public eye for their ability to give birth. It’s drawing attention both from supporters of some transgender people’s desire to be seen as biologically the sex they identify as, and condemnation from those who do not believe identity changes human biology.
Whilst the battle ground has been growing increasingly vitriolic in many ways, I recently wrote about dead rats being nailed up to the wall of a rape crisis centre that only accepted women and not transwomen, this new trend seems to be far more out and proud violent. And it’s taken me by surprise.
What did I miss? When did this happen? When did threatening violence against women become something that is both not illegal, and actually celebrated? Who are these young people with their weapons and their rage, and do they pose a real threat or is it just online posturing designed to boost their ego and cause a stir? If you’ve been labelled a TERF, which many, many women I know have for a variety of reasons, are you supposed to rest comfortably hoping that it’s the latter, and ignoring the possibility that it’s the former?
I have written many times about the problem of violence against women and girls in society, and, for the most part, I’ve considered that to be relatively a non controversial subject. Beating women is bad. Easy statement to make. However, this is the first time I’ve seen a campaign actually aimed at threatening violence against women and girls…
So I would just like to say, be aware. Whatever your take on the biological facts of transgenderism, whatever your opinions about those who disagree with you, can we roundly stand up against people who think threats of violence are acceptable? Can we condemn these sorts of posts and threats, especially when violence against women is a genuine crisis? Even if it’s posturing and they don’t intend to actually live up to these threats, it’s representative of a culture that acts violently towards women who don’t conform.
Violence against women is not a joke. It is a real problem we should all be fighting against. And I, personally, am going to speak out against anyone who thinks otherwise.