What kind of person would threaten and harass a rape crisis center?
Here in Vancouver, we have the answer: trans activists. While it might sound odd to the uninitiated that those who claim to value ‘inclusivity’ and ‘acceptance’ would also be the same people who nail a dead rat to the door of a transition house for battered women, those of us following the gender identity debate closely are all too familiar with this type of occurrence.
A follow up to the dead rat that was nailed to our door recently… this morning we found this writing scrawled across the windows of our storefront space that we use for support and training groups #Misogyny pic.twitter.com/vm6Gv8jWcj
— VancouverRapeRelief (@VanRapeRelief) August 27, 2019
On Tuesday, Vancouver Rape Relief & Woman’s Shelter (VRRWS) tweeted images of vandalism left on their storefront — a space used for meetings, events, and support groups. ‘Kill TERFs,’ ‘Fuck TERFs,’ ‘TERFs go home, you are not welcome,’ ‘Transwomen are women,’ and ‘Trans Power’ had been scrawled across the windows and door in black marker. ‘TERF,’ for the blissfully ignorant, is an acronym that stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist.’ This is, of course, a misnomer. Radical feminists are not interested in ‘excluding’ trans-identified people from anything.
What they are interested in is protecting certain spaces designated for women and girls. If anything, they are ‘male-exclusionary,’ though it seems a little silly to frame the women’s changing room as ‘non-inclusive’ just because men aren’t allowed to prance around in there with their dicks out. It would be akin to calling the vet ‘human-exclusionary’ or a baseball game ‘soccer-exclusionary.’
The women’s changing room is for women, the men’s is for men, and a baseball game is for hitting balls with bats and/or drinking beer and feeling confused because you don’t really understand this sport and are only there for the drunken yelling and hot dogs.
The issue at hand and the cause of disagreement between feminists and trans activists is ideological: those who advocate gender identity ideology (trans activists) subscribe to a fringe religion that believes some people are born in the wrong body and that it is possible for males to become female by declaring it so, and feminists believe in material reality.
VRRWS has been targeted not only with vandalism, but with dead animals nailed to their door and stuffed through their mail slot, on account of their women-only policy. They operate a transition house for women and their children, which aims to protect abused women and help them to heal from horrific violence and sexual assault. To most, it makes sense that a space for extremely vulnerable women escaping male violence would exclude men. For trans activists, it makes sense to disembowel a skunk and string it up by its neck — noose-like — to hang it on the door where victims of rape and domestic abuse will find it and read it as (yet another) violent threat.