Can I reference you to prove that another writer isn’t transmisogynist?

No. They’re probably transmisogynist.

Sometimes in the past I’ve posted or reblog quotes by feminists whose other work includes hatred of transsexual women. This included but isn’t limited to the work of Janice Raymond, Mary Daly and Sheila Jeffreys. By posting their quotes on other subjects I didn’t endorse their work on transsexuality or consent to be used as a token transsexual in discussions of their legitimacy. That I referenced them isn’t proof that I’ve “forgiven” them, that under radical transfeminist analysis their work is proven to be trans-inclusive, or that their other work balances it out. I don’t plan to reference them in the future.

Can I reference you to prove that radical feminism isn’t transmisogynist?

No. It is.

I am not a radical feminist, and my feminism is not radical feminism. It’s not radical feminism done trans, but transfeminism done radical (and before you get clever, no, the “radical” does not mean the same thing in those two phrases).

If you like, you can cite me alongside at least two others as proof that, at least, a small group of people have a feminism which has some similarities with some branches of radical feminism and is not transmisogynist. But you should still be able to demonstrate that you are aware of and can discuss a body of thought, beyond just my work, that shows how this all ties together in practice. Otherwise, you’re just tokenising me and what I write.

Can I link your work to someone who wants to read radical feminist work that isn’t transmisogynist?

No – my work is not radical feminist. However, if you want them to read good feminism – and I try to write good feminism – please go ahead.

If someone’s doing one of the things you criticise above, can I link them to this page?

Yes. Hi, person linked to this page. Your argument is automatically wrong. You lose.

I’m a journalist.

I don’t speak to journalists and I don’t want you having anything to do with my work.

I’m a trans/cis man.

My time and energy is not for you. Please don’t bother me.

I’m a cis woman wanting to reference or otherwise use your work in academia or an organised political campaign. Can I?

Please contact me (for example by leaving a comment here). In your message, explain how you want to use the work. Please also detail how this will benefit trans women. Note that “raising awareness” and “giving your work a platform” are not benefits.

Will you speak at my campus/conference/event?

I’m thinking about it! Please contact me and let me know what you have in mind – we can talk.

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