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(For those of you who don’t know, “TERF” is short for “Trans Exclusive Radical Feminist.”)
Here’s something I can say for certain: When they notice this cartoon, I’ll be insulted by some TERFs, not in a “I think your cartoon sucks” way but in a “you’re a fat p.o.s. who should die” way. Of all the groups I’ve insulted in my cartoons, only the racist antisemites are more consistently hateful than the TERFs. And, of course, TERFs are kind to me compared to how they treat trans women.
It a subculture – much like the Men’s Right’s subculture – in which people sit in a bubble and egg each other on into becoming ever more bigoted. To such an extent that all of the horrible things the TERF in our cartoon says, are things I’ve seen TERFs say in real life.
TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
This cartoon has four panels.
Two women are talking in a supermarket. The first, a woman with stylish glasses and her blonde hair pulled into a low bun, and wearing a reddish orange dress with matching shoes, is grinning with a smug expression and holding up her phone to show the other woman.
The second woman has short brown hair, worn in a style called a “quiff”: “short hair that’s left longer on top and dramatically swept to the side.” She’s wearing jeans, brown boots, an open red button-up shirt over a white tee, and four piercings in her ear.
The two are waiting on line by a counter at a supermarket; we can see a glassed-in counter (like a Supermarket deli) behind them, with ad pictures on the wall showing a sub sandwich, a big joint of meat with slices carved off, and a salad.
GLASSES: As a feminist, I look for small ways to fight misogyny every day!
BOOTS: What a great idea!
A close up of Glasses, holding up her phone in one hand, and raising her other hand’s forefinger to make a point, still smiling widely.
GLASSES: Like, here on FaceBook I told a trans “woman” that he‘s just a man in a dress!
GLASSES: And on Twitter I said that all transgenders rape women by appropriating women’s bodies!
Another close up of Glasses, reading her own screen and laughing big, but with a rather mean expression.
GLASSES: And here, I said transgender “women” are to women what Twinkies are to food!
GLASSES (very large): HA!
In a shot similar to panel 1’s shot, we see Glasses continuing to smile and talk to Boots. Boots, with a horrified expression, has turned away from Glasses and is now holding her own smartphone, which she’s frenetically typing on with a forefinger.
GLASSES: So what’s a small way you’re fighting misogyny?
BOOTS: Telling everyone I’ve ever met to block you.