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Why do TERFs lie?

Well, because they’re hacks and incapable of making a consistent living doing anything else. But we’ll come back to that.

Transgender people typically represent 1% of the population – or far less. So why do TERFS provide misleading information about how gender transition works on the internet? If TERFs applied their efforts towards silencing transgender people towards productive efforts – like raising funds for women in need – it would stand to reason that they would produce far more public good, especially for women.

Talented content creators whose careers are thoroughly invested in public social development have already realized that transgender people have a rising political and public presence. The sad, horrifying truth is that successful transgender people have been culturally selected by modern society to be hardworking, talented, and clever in order to survive. So why is there an old guard intent on doing everything they can to impede the cultural rise of a minority?

Martine Rothblatt’s accomplishments are too many to list here – we recommend that you search for her on Google – but one of her most phenomenal accomplishments was helping save the life of her daughter dying from a terminal illness. Martine Rothblatt has been living as a woman since at least 1994.
“Hbomberguy” is the handle of a cis man who streams video games online for an audience and makes cultural commentary videos. After he heard that Graham Lineham managed to organize efforts to spam a lottery company into withdrawing a donation for a transgender children’s charity, Hbomberguy raised 350K by collecting donations while streaming a “speedrun” of Donkey Kong 64.

Transgender people are a minority that holds high political capital to engage with but have little to offer in the way of resistance. They often do not have the resources to defend themselves from misinformation or platform themselves. Because so few transgender people exist, information and research on them is slow-going, and was set back by the burning of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft by the Nazis during World War II.

Due to the spread of political propaganda and suppression similar to the Nazi burnings, finding information on the positive effects on gender transition can be difficult if not impossible for a parent that isn’t “fluent” in how to find reputable sources on the internet. TERFs have anticipated this by misrepresenting data, funding ethically dubious studies, and generally lying to the public about how scientific research works.

Untreated gender dysphoria can result in symptoms similar to untreated depression, anxiety, or PTSD, and can actually cause the development of those symptoms where they previously didn’t exist.

Transgender children who are supported by their families and their communities after their transition rarely, if ever, report any of these symptoms. The goal of a TERF is to captialize off the fear of a parent or loved one of the possible negative effects of gender transition so that their propaganda can insure that a parent can never see their child truly happy.

Due to efforts by homophobic organizations since the dawn of the LGBT civil rights movement, transgender people were considered morally taboo and driven into the fringes of society. For individuals who do not have access to educational resources and who are already predisposed against trusting minorities, transgender people make perfect targets. The web traffic from a single social media post spreading disinformation can be enough to comfortably fund someone’s lifestyle through donations or promote their brand.

Don’t let TERFs profit off the discomfort and pain of your loved ones by spreading medical misinformation about children. This guide is meant as a simple explanation of the gender transition process for those unfamilar with how gender transition works. Feel free to share, comment, or contact us through our contact page if you have any questions.

How does someone transition?

Everyone’s transition is different, but that’s not reassuring to a worried parent. The best way to explain gender transition is to break it down into social and biological components.

If you’re interested in further reading from a medical authority, I recommend this post by a user known as Doc. Wolverine, which compiles many reputable sources for you to read.

Social transition

Social transition includes actions that you take in your relationships with other people, such as changing how you are addressed by others and how your information is recorded by the government. This type of transition doesn’t involve any sort of medical intervention.

When talking about a pre-pubescent child, social transition is the only type of transition that they will undergo.

There are however some exceptions. Typically, those exceptions are if the child had pre-existing medical conditions that affect their quality of life such as their ability to pass waste, digest food, or chronic pain. 

Some people prefer to change how other people address them by dressing in ways that commonly accepted cultural signals for their gender. Some transgender women will choose to wear dresses and some transgender men will choose to wear suits, much like cisgender people.

Transgender people wearing clothes associated with a gender that they identify as doesn't mean that those clothes inherently have a gender. Clothings serves a social signal to others as to how they wanted to be addressed, or as a way for an individual to express themselves.

Many transgender people choose to only undergo social transition for many reasons, but ultimately they do so because they find that they are comfortable at that stage of transition.

For an adult transgender person, that can mean binding their chest or tucking to reduce the appearance of unwanted secondary sex characteristics. While chest binding does come with some risk, advances in modern technology have make the risk of injury while chest binding equivalent to the risk of injury while wearing high heels or a corset. Don’t you love living in the future?

Medical transition

“Medical” transition, for lack of a better term, refers to various medical perscriptions and surgies that a transgender person can undergo to treat their discomfort.

Older children who are transitioning may be perscribed puberty blockers which only delay puberty, not completely put a stop to puberty. The risk of puberty blockers is comparable to the risk of putting your child on anti-depressants or mood stabilizers, except puberty blockers allow your doctor to treat the source of your child’s discomfort directly and are not a permanent regimen.

A sidenote to concerned parents – medical transition is usually limited to puberty blockers for children under the age of 18. If your doctor recommends sex reassignment surgery for your child before the age of majority, it will be due to a pre-existing condition, not your child’s transition. Please communicate with your doctor, as they’re there to help you and your child and will know your situation best. Surgery is not required for transition, but may be the best option for your child’s mental health as an adult.

“Top surgery” is a colloquial term for a double masectomy performed on trans masculine people who feel more comfortable without those secondary sex characteristics.

Part of why we have top surgery available to us today is because cisgender men have received top surgery for gynecomastia – the development of ‘female’-shaped breasts – for a very long time. In fact, the term ‘gynectomastia’ was coined by Galen the physician in the second century AD. Cisgender men will often have these breasts surgically removed for their own personal comfort, much like transgender men.

Genital surgery for transgender people is not required for transition, but many transgender people experience discomfort with the morphology and sensations they feel from their genitals, and therefore will opt for that surgery as adults.

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How to Combat TERF Conspiracy

Are you a creator that often finds themselves hounded by bigots mass-reporting your work? Here are some known ways that you can keep your accounts safe.

In order to combat abuse of automated moderation systems, it’s important to understand how those systems work. Automatic moderation systems work by flagging Tweets based on words or even phrases that the system deems inappropriate. According to Twitter, half of all abusive tweets are removed before another user even reports them.

Automatic moderation systems aren’t perfect. They work under the assumption that the users of the site are going to behave like normal people. With rare exceptions, it’s unlikely that a tweet will be mass-reported with certain keywords that isn’t a direct violation of the TOS, so it makes sense that every tweet isn’t moderated by hand.

Except when that system is abused.

TERFs conspiring to report the content of Aiden Cumerford across multiple social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter (Source: mumsnet)

So how do you combat dozens if not hundreds of people reporting your work? While your account may only be locked for a short period of time, every second in which your work isn’t available online costs you money in promotions. So what can an independent content creator do?

Simple enough. You learn how to use social media better than they do. Here are three quick and easy things that you can learn how to do in the course of this article to protect your account from TERFs and other bigots.

  • Asterisks are your friend. The asterisk symbol (*) shows up as a “wildcard” on a search engine, rendering names (like Gl*nner) essentially unsearchable. You can use asterisks on words that are likely to be reported (like k*ll) to still communicate your message to your audience without being flagged by the system.

This also stops folks from using namesearching to add you to “report” lists.

  • Nothing is stopping you from having as many accounts as you want and only the reported accounts ‘count.’ Do you have a Twitter for your product or service? Always have at least two Twitter accounts – one for your product or service, and one for your personal. If your personal is locked, you can always update your followers through your art account. Retweets are also completely unreportable, repreventing TERFs from sinking a creator’s busines account with a large follower count if they decide to retweet a political post from your personal.

You have the right to speak your mind on social media as long as you follow the Terms of Service of the site that you are using. If you follow the Terms of Service and your account is still accidentally locked or reported, it’s highly unlikely that other accounts that did not post content like this will remain untouched.

  • Block and forget. Block TERFs before they have a chance to engage with you. TERFS feed off the idea that their behavior is upsetting or disruptive to your work. Because it is literally impossible for TERFs to campaign in ways that involve productive work, they believe that online harassment of trans people is their work, and consider it a success when they prevent transgender people from going about their daily life.

If you have any further suggestions or techniques that you tried that work for you, feel free to drop a comment below.

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