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When People Bring Knives to a Gun Fight (on Twitter)

When People Bring Knives to a Gun Fight (on Twitter)

Let me start this post off right: trans women are women. The end.

OK, now that we’ve established that, I’m going to explain a few other things you may or may not be familiar with. The first is intersectionality (wikipedia). From a USA Today article, here is a good synopsis:

If feminism is advocating for women’s rights and equality between the sexes, intersectional feminism is the understanding of how women’s overlapping identities — including race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation — impact the way they experience oppression and discrimination.

So for instance, if you want to be truly inclusive, you should make sure you understand how all the pieces that make up a person affect them, in society. It might be hard to do at times, but it’s the right thing to do. As history has taught us inclusion is always the right thing and exclusion is always the wrong thing when we’re interested in advancing human rights.

Now here’s another term: TERF. That stands for Trans-Exclusionary-Radical-Feminist. Here is me defining it for Acadia yesterday:

#sorrynotsorry for my language.

In a nutshell, these are women who not only (as if this would be OK, which it would not) don’t want to include trans women in their definition of women, but they actively advocate for exclusion and mental harm towards trans women. They claim that trans women are violent, disturbed, want to assault them, etc. Let me put it to you this way – when I started a fight with a TERF on Twitter yesterday, I ended up not only with a bunch of her fellow TERFs defending her, but also some alt-right folks. So, nazis. Nazis are happy to get in bed with TERFs. That means they’re bad people.

There’s some nonsense going around saying calling people a TERF is a slur. Welp, folks, since it literally means you are being hateful towards others, again, just like nazis, then I’m OK with you considering it a slur, honestly. It is, I guess. 

Slur: an insulting or disparaging remark or innuendo

So this is all to set you up to enjoy the following Twitter event that happened yesterday – I’ll let the screenshots speak for themselves first:


Oh, and here are some related gems I got from fans and friends of this trash fire.

And then Dina couldn’t keep her face shut so:

Aaaaaand, this morning:

My most basic point is – even if you don’t “understand” trans women (or trans men for that matter), there’s no reason for you to discriminate against them [hey, I don’t understand you, TERFs, at all, but strangely, I still believe you deserve basic human rights].

Claiming it’s all a trick to get into a bathroom and molest you is disengenuous fear-mongering. It’s exactly the same thing as claims that all gay folks are pedophiles or all black men want to rape white women. These are things that sound ridiculous to anybody who isn’t an ignorant monster living in the imaginary “good old days”. It’s a blatant, hateful lie. Do you really want to put yourself in the group that will be looked at in the future the way we look at the white folks in this photo now?

Because that’s exactly what you’re doing.

On top of that, it’s already illegal to harass and harm people in bathrooms. You don’t need to worry about it, guys.

Just let people pee where they feel the most comfortable for f***ssake. Stop being a**holes. In the meantime, I’m intersectional AF and I’m going to school you every time I see you being terrible, until you get it, or until you die of old age and your hopefully much smarter, more evolved children take over.


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Jenn Martinelli

Don't let Acadia tell you he's the boss. I'm the real boss.


  1. lonebannanadotcom

    This is the knife i bring to a gun fight:

    and I feel sorry for her husband and her male kids, having to go to a different bathroom at home….

    I really can’t see why it’s so hard for some people to STOP thinking about what is in someones underwear. That’s bordering on sexual harassment, if you as me.

    • Cider

      Yes! Thank you! Who the fuck cares? People are in the bathroom to shit and piss, can we stop obsessing about it?

  2. James Olchak

    For your edification, “Social Psychologist” is someone who has a PhD in marketing, essentially. It’s a garbage doctorate, used to figure out what color to make cereal boxes that look “healthy.”

    This woman is a doctor the same way Dr. Laura was a Doctor, or Dr. Phil.

  3. Sparks

    Bravo. Best SG article I’ve read in a while.

    As I was telling a friend last week, a bigot is a bigot. Period.

    Claiming you’re a feminist and then actively campaigning against trans women is bigotry. A self-styled label doesn’t erase the bigot.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

    • Cider

      Thanks, Ron! Word. ????????????

    • Cider

      Also those were emojis not question marks.

      • Sparks

        Well my comment has a massive misspelling in it, so we’re even.

  4. James Olchak

    Holy shit, I commented like 5 hours ago, and it never showed up. What is this butt?

    Anyway, I was just pointing out that a “Social Psychologist” is someone who got a PhD in marketing, basically. They’re a doctor of choosing colors for cereal packaging, and a graphic designer would make better choices, anyway.

    If a “social psychologist” wants to tell you about their bonafides, just remember that. Doctor Marketer.

    • Cider

      James both your comments showed up 😉 – thank you for your valid and validating point!

  5. Acadia Einstein

    Well then the social marketer did a good job because her face and twitter name are on the site now.

    • Cider

      Yeah Archibald – AS A MONSTER.

        • Cider

          I’ll kill you with my grackle powers.

  6. Sparks

    We have a cache issue on the site. Acadia, did you screw with cache settings again?


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