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Acronym of trans-exclusionary radical feminist. Coined in 2008 by cisgender feminist Viv Smythe (TigTog).


TERF (plural TERFs)

  1. (sometimes considered offensive) A radical feminist (see radical feminism) who believes that trans women are not women and should not be included in the feminist movement.
    • 2013, Toni Browning-Early, letter to the editor, QNotes, Volume 28, Number 6, 19 July - 1 August 2013, page 4:
      Dear "A Lesbian Democrat"
      Your TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) agenda and what it represents is no better than the bigoted regressive agenda of the religious right.
    • 2013, Rachel Eliason, "Wired This Way", ACCESSline, Volume 27, Number 12, December 2013, page 13:
      At the further extreme TERF’s[sic] actively promote the message that banning trans women from feminist gathering implies—that trans women are not really women at all.
    • 2014, Roz Kaveney, "Woman Enough, The Advocate, 16 July 2014:
      Perhaps the sheer nastiness of TERFs comes from the fact that they don’t just know they’ve lost; they know they were on the wrong side from the beginning.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:TERF.

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