CW: TERF Nonsense
Just had my first encounter with the TERF side of Tumblr. Would not recommend.
I was just browsing the autism tag and saw someone voicing their support for autistic radfems. Red flag, but I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and ask them if they meant that as in TERFs, or just people who identify label without hating trans people.
They meant all radical feminists including TERFs, and we went on to have a lengthy discussion about trans issues. They were surprisingly pleasant to talk to, did seem to be receptive to learning new things, and they seemed to genuinely just not know much about trans people as opposed to being malicious, so they’re not the person who I’m talking about here.
What I’m talking about is the people who were liking the post. Is it sort of my fault for letting my curiosity get the better of me and deciding to check out what those people were posting? Yeah, probably. Does that make what I saw any more fucken repugnant? Nope.
You hear a lot of stories about TERFs and their hatefulness when you’re trans, but being a sheltered autistic person, I sort of just assumed people were being hyperbolic with their stories pseudo-civil rights activists who identify themselves almost purely through their opposition to trans people.
I wish it was just another case of me not understanding social situations. Nope! Every blog I checked was just an avalanche of anti-trans sentiment, then a tiny little bit of feminist theory, maybe a vanilla post that’s not politically charged and makes you lightly exhale through your nose a bit here or there, then we’re right back to anti-trans posts.
Like... Jesus fucking Christ. Maybe global warming is a good thing, actually? I’m not sure I can honestly say I want this planet to live on after seeing that shit. /hj
There also seems to be a pretty sizeable number of them on the platform. I’m not very knowledgeable about this site’s history, so I checked Tumblr’s ToS and... Unless I’m reading that wrong, does it seriously just say that any hate-speech short of actually sending death threats to marginalized people isn’t worthy of a ban!? The fuck??? Please tell me my executive dysfunction is getting in the way of me reading that correctly and Tumblr doesn’t just let people claim that all trans people are rapists with no repercussions.