The esprit fasciste of TERFism laid bare in White’s and Raymond’s comments is in fact an ever-present basis of TERF dogma even if it is disguised or cloaked in linguistic alibis. To its core TERFism is inherently annihilationist of trans people, whatever its modus operandi or claims it makes, it ultimately seeks to prevent trans people from existing. In particular the new TERF alignment, a formal one in many instances, with hard-right/alt-right/extremist “Christian” far-right/Trumpist oppressive groups exposes this. The tsunami of anti-trans “bathroom bills” in the US have been given a veneer of legitimation by TERF narratives. These bills are designed to prevent trans people from accessing employment, education, social life, civic engagement and more by preventing us from using the appropriate public convenience. This is simply a way of preventing trans people from living their lives, and it is a tactic specifically aimed at trans children.
“If I were a teenager today, well-meaning liberal teachers and social workers would probably tell me that I was trapped in the wrong body. They might refer me to a psychiatrist who would prescribe fistfuls of hormones and other drugs. And terrifyingly, I might easily be recommended for gender re-assignment surgery… just because I didn’t like the pink straitjacket imposed on girls.”