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Radical feminists & trans activists truce

Mackay, Finn


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Finn Mackay
Senior Lecturer in Sociology


#GenderWeek: Truce! When radical feminists and trans feminists empathise
Feminist Times
By Finn Mackay
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We wanted to explore the ground between the polarised, entrenched positions in the so-called “TERF-war”. Radical feminists on one pole, trans-inclusionary feminists and trans activists on the other. The disputed territory being women-only space, language and the ever changing legal framework surrounding gender.
Entrenchment leads to stalemate. Stalemate is no friend to progress.
We want to know how feminism can progress when it comes to these gender debates. Can we stop hurling abuse and start listening? What would happen if people in these polarised positions began to empathise with each other? Is it possible to find common ground and start building towards a shared vision of the future? Fighting common enemies?
We asked two feminists if they would help us explore the place between the poles, this no (wo)man’s land, with some radical empathy.
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Mackay, F. (2014). Radical feminists & trans activists truce

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2014
Publicly Available Date May 2, 2017
Journal Feminist Times
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords trans, gender, activism, feminist theory, radical feminism, transgender, queer
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