I never thought I would pen anything remotely similar to these words, but, anyway, here we go: When it comes to transgender ideology, radical feminists are currently among the bravest and most indispensable players in the conservative culture war.
I know, I know: It sounds crazy. Heck, it is crazy. But that's how bad it's gotten out there, where some of the most hard-left extremist partisans in the country are now looking decidedly conservative simply because they've refused to embrace the unhinged lunacy of transgender ideology.
You may have encountered the website "Reduxx" in your online travels. It bills itself as an "independent source of pro-woman, pro-child safeguarding news and commentary." It's run by an unabashed abortion-rights supporter and a young female journalist "with a focused interest in pornography, sexual predators, and fetish subcultures." These are not the types of writers with whom a conservative would instinctually think to make common cause.
And yet Reduxx is — present websites excluded, ahem — perhaps the most fearless and most relentless critic of transgender ideology on the Internet today. They ceaselessly expose the predatory behavior of transgender-identified men around the world. They refuse to abide by pronoun rules. They are unapologetic in their criticism of transgenderism and the threat it poses to women and children the world over.
Reduxx is an example of what transgender activists derisively call "TERFism," aka "Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism." It's essentially just mainstream feminism without the transgender stuff — basically what we all knew as feminism as little as 10 or 15 years ago. LGBT allies despise TERFs, mostly because TERFs are incisive, biting critics of trans activism.
Conservatives should not be squeamish about making common cause with these rather fearless warriors. It is true that conservatives and radical feminists disagree on a great many other important things — on abortion, on the ideal structuring of society, on many of the intrinsic and undeniable differences between men and women. We should not pretend that we will resolve these disputes anytime soon.
Yet we don't have to, at least not now. Transgenderism is among the most pressing and dire issues corroding our society today and it should not be ignored or underestimated. It is a threat to the physical, mental and emotional safety of women and children everywhere; it is taking health young boys and girls and carving them up into mutilated, disabled, permanent medical cases; it is destroying the hard-won fortunes of a generation of female athletes; at countless levels of society it is posing an existential threat to precious and irreplaceable things.
Surely we can set aside our admittedly significant differences and align with each other on this one issue. The hour is very late and the people pushing this obscene ideology have already made considerable and well-entrenched inroads. We don't have the luxury of choosing allies with whom we agree on everything.
On the matter of transgenderism, the line between TERF and conservative has effectively been erased. Let's not waste that.
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