“The TERFminator:” Lesbian feminist defends trans people against “gender critical” transphobes
The lesbian feminist and LGBTQA-activist Brita Møystad Engseth feels no fear of going up against transphobic “gender critical” feminists.
In an interview published in the print edition of the magazine Blikk she is presented as “the TERFminator”, because of her relentless campaigning against Trans-exclusionary Radical Feminists.
The Dark Women and the Dark Men
She recently attacked the Norwegian TERF Tonje Jevjon and her fellow anti-trans activists in an article in Dagbladet.
“My rage came as much from their open transphobia as the fact that they are using cancel culture as a shield. The transphobes say that we must defend the freedom of speech, but they have no freedom of speech problem. What they are really trying to do is to stop others from telling their story.”
In the Dagbladet article Brita described TERFs as “mørkekvinner” (dark women), referring to the previous generations of bigoted “dark men”. In Norway the term was often used to describe sexist and homophobic priests.
“I cannot remain silent when I see that we are starting all over again, 30 years after we fought against the dark men,” Brita says.
Do not be a “drittsekk”
“These lesbian TERFs are now using the same moral arrogance against trans and non-binary people and others who belong to the big queer family.
“It is good that you are fighting for the rights of women, but do you really need to hit someone else in the head at the same time? Can’t you just not be a ‘drittsekk’ [Norwegian slang for ‘a bag of sh*it’].”
She points out that for a long time the anti-gay rhetoric was about morals and values. If gay men and women were allowed to marry, the argument went, the traditional family would disappear. This time the argument is that the family must be protected against trans persons, nonbinary people and “the extreme gay”.
This is the exact same argument, but this time it is used by lesbian TERFs who should know enough about queer history to understand the evil nature of such tactics.
For the original article, with more quotes by Brita, go to “The TERFminator — Lesbian feminist LGBTQA-activist puts transphobic TERFs in their place.”
The quotes are from the interview “Det skeive patriarkatets barnevakt” (The Babysitter for the Queer Patriarchy) written by Caroline Ugelstad Elnæs and published in Blikk №5 2022. Our translation. Photo Reidar Engesbak and Blikk.
Originally published at https://trans-express.lgbt.