Transgender Eradicationist Radical Feminism, commonly called TERF, is a single-issue pseudo-progressive cult metastasizing within the Left. Its history traces back to the era of political lesbian separatism and its doctrine can be summarized to "penis is evil, uterus is good." Like similar crypto-hate groups TERF passes itself off as powerless victims of external oppressors.
TERF, once a forgotten fringe remnants of the 1970s, re-emerged in last three years thanks to social media and blogs. But their roots lie in the lesbian separatist movement. At its foundation is religious ideology, fed by Dianic Wicca sect and Roman Catholic feminist theology. Indeed, today's most prominent TERF leaders are either members of Dianic Wicca (Z. Budapest) or Roman Catholic Church (Janice Raymond, Catherine Brennan).
TERF ideology is about victim blaming, namely, to justify often fatal transphobia by naming the victims as problems instead of those who propagate dangerous and inflammatory half-truths and outright lies about transgendered people. Much can be written on their toxic belief system, but I shall refer readers to many online resources on this for the sake of brevity.
The fact is no respectable feminist organizations endorse TERF nor take them seriously. Neither do major GLBT advocacy organizations. In fact, TERF believe in an outdated idea that sexual orientation is a choice ("political lesbianism") and on the same token they believe transgenderism can be cured (hence their support of ex-trans organization New Narratives, which seeks to convert trans women into emasculated genderless males who would pose no threat to TERF and be subservient to TERF agenda and leadership). Again, no respectable organization legitimizes such an outlandish and bizarre doctrine.
It must be noted that TERF groups have worked with some of the most virulent far-right religious extremists in opposing transgender rights across the United States. It cooperated with California's Pacific Justice Institute and Colorado's Alliance Defending Freedom in attempting to deny transgender student rights in schools. In Colorado, TERF activists even publicized a name and photograph of a transgender student, putting her in imminent danger and subjecting her to harassment, mostly from the far-right.
In Portland however we are seeing a trend in which TERF organizations make repeated attempts at surreptitiously insert themselves into the local Leftist movement. In 2012, an unknown TERF organization attempted to distribute anti-transgender literature in Occupy Portland. This may have led to a violent assault committed against a trans woman by a group of Occupy activists later that year. In 2013, TERF organization Deep Green Resistance infiltrated the annual Law and Disorder Conference, a popular local anarchist event at Portland State University. During the same year TERF held an international conference at a local Quaker church known for its active peace movement. This year, they are trying a new trick by holding an "open forum" for "peace building" and "extending an olive branch" even though they show no sincerity in mutual understanding. This deceptive modus operandi utilized by TERFs is creating a rift within our radical revolutionary movement. TERF claim they are non-violent and they do not commit violence against transgender people. They even say that men are to be blamed, and furthermore, trans women are also responsible for murder, rape, and assault of women. But through their toxic propaganda they facilitate violence against transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people by making the public think it is okay to harass, discriminate against, assault, and even murder them.
TERF is a cancer of the Leftist Movement and must be resolutely confronted and silenced before it metastasizes and achieves its political objectives of legislating and "morally mandating" transgenderism out of existence. All true revolutionaries must never remain silent in the face of these cowardly haters.
Injury to one is injury to all!