France: Transfeminism excludes gender critical women from anti-violence march

Nous Tous claims to command the French squares on the occasion of the international day against violence against women. Hundreds of radical feminists signed a petition against queer colonisation and the definition of Terf, which exposes them to the risk of verbal and even physical violence.
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Questions of gender identity have now taken over the feminist debate.. In the history of mankind, no other struggle has progressed so rapidly.with so many resources and so much visibility such as the queer movement, o transactivismwhich has been calling for transgender people for about ten years.

Environmentalists, anti-specialists or simple left-wing activistsno one is immune from the advance of transactivism. However, the most affected activism by this problem is that of the fight for women's rightsto the point of invisibilising women and excluding activists with violenceto include men who identify as trans.

This is what usfeminist activists, survivors of prostitution and pornography, rape, women with disabilities, migrants and refugees, apostate women, victims of religious dictatorships, victims of female genital mutilation, lesbian women, bisexual women, women with dysphoria, transgender men, and also women in detransition, we want to convey. Especially for women who have been harassed, raped, lynched, humiliated, censored, threatened with death and now excluded from feminist circles for our ideas, our stories and our experiences.

The collective "Nous Toutes", created in 2018 riding the wave of the #metoo movement, has imposed itself with problematic positions since its inception. We have seen the break of the collective with historical feminist values since the first marches, when Caroline de Haas and her allies agreed to let transvestites from organisations openly fighting for the decriminalisation of prostitution march in the front row. (Strass and other organisations united under the symbol of the red umbrella). We could also mention the 10 November 2019 parade alongside Islamist associations, entrepreneurs of the Islamic-based radicalisation and fundamentalist imams (Rachid Eljay) who explain that women without veils have no honour and that it is possible to dispose of their bodies.

"Nous Toutes still claims to fight against sexist and sexual violence. However, we notice their deafening silence when rapes and assaults are committed by transgender people (attacks on women during the 7 March 2021 in Place de la République), when the victims survived the prostitution system (8 March 2020, two activists from the CAPP collective, one of whom is a survivor of prostitution, were beaten up at a demonstration in Paris), when the victims are lesbians and reject 'women's penises'. (attacks on the women of the Lesbian Resistance collective) or when the victims of cyber harassment are radical feminists. To make the connection between all these attacks, we could summarise by saying that "Nous Toutes" tolerates violence when the victims are women who express a criticism of this ideology that is imposed everywhere as a dogma, the gender ideology.

But a further step was taken when the 5 October, 'Nous Toutes' published a visual on his Facebook page claiming to exclude women called 'TERF'. by the march organised on 21 November in Paris.

"TERF' is a degrading, defamatory and insulting English acronym, which incites hatred and violence against women. In fact, tweets, collages and tags that inciting to 'shoot, kill or burn a TERF' have become sadly commonplace.

This acronym ('Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist') accusing feminists of referring to genderand not to the subjective feelings of individuals, in their analysis of the relations of domination of men over womento exclude trans people from feminism. Thus, when a feminist says a man cannot be a womanor that lesbians do not like penises, is immediately considered 'transphobic', threatened and ostracised.

A large majority of women cannot so more fight for their rights for the simple reason that it is now a taboo to state that gender is a socially constructed hierarchy through sex-specific injunctions imposed on individuals from birth. It has even become dangerous to refuse to define what it means to be a woman or a man based on whether or not we adhere to sexist stereotypes. What until recently was the basis of all feminist theory has become a heresy which justifies for some a sentence of burning at the stake.

Likewise, Women are now forbidden to reject men in their spaces and struggles simply because they say they 'feel like women'.  On the contrary, they are forced to give in to all their demands, as trans people are considered more discriminated against than women in society.

Le Feminists referred to as 'TERF' do not deny the existence of trans people and do not fight against their rights.. We understand the deep unease of people who do not recognise themselves in the sexist stereotypes assigned to their gender. However, we believe the solution lies in abolishing these oppressive norms, not in legitimising them as a deep, innate and unquestionable identity.

Unlike organisations like We All, we fight with and for 'trans men' who have experienced sexism from birth because they were born girls.

We also do a rational distinction between the fight for women's rights and thewhich represent just over half of humanity, and the fight for the rights of trans people. On the one hand, because they are different issuesand on the other, because we see that the latter, since it concerns men, inevitably takes precedence over the former.

Today we want to share our Concern about the influence of organisations such as "Nous Toutes". or Caroline de Haas's company 'Egae', which impose on thousands of women, on pain of being accused of 'transphobia', the definition "a woman is anyone who 'feels like a woman'".refusing to question the origin of this feeling and the consequences of this definition for women's rights.

We dare to say, despite the reprisals we have been suffering for several years and which continue to worsen, that the woman is a person who has an adult female human body with any personality and not 'a female personality' with any body. We affirm that any other definition is sexism.

Theincrease in physical and verbal violence at events or on social networks, of which thousands of women are victims because of their disagreement with queer ideology. Finally, we denounce the complicity of 'Nous Toutes' in the recent establishment of a climate of terror and repression of freedom of opinion and expression within feminism.

It has become impossible for us talk about gender issues without being labelled as 'transphobic'. It has become impossible to talk about menstrual precariousness, gynaecological and obstetrical violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, the right to abortion, gender-based neonaticide, deportation and trafficking for sexual exploitation, clitoral and breast cancer, even within the very movements that should be fighting to make visible and condemn these male abuses. This absurd situation must end.

We will not be excluded from our struggles.

First signatories:

Rosen Hicher, prostitution survivor, initiator of the World March of Survivors of Prostitution

Daria Khovanka, prostitution survivor, member of the CAPP collective

Joana Vrillot, founder and coordinator of the CAPP collective

Marguerite Stern, creator of collages against feminicide

Dora Moutot, creator of the @tasjoui account

Marie-Jo Bonnet, historian, writer

Alexine Solis, abolitionist survivor

Ibtisamme Betty Lachgar, clinical psychologist, CAPP feminist activist

Brigitte Bianco, author

Francine Sporenda, editorial director of the Révolution féministe website

Valérie Pelletier, prostitution survivor and feminist activist

Sophie ROBERT, director and documentary producer

Emy.G, videographer of the @antastesia account

Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, psychotraumatologist

Gluing collective L'AMAZONE PARIS

Lady. K, painter

Esther Cannard - teacher

Arielle Constantieux, barmaid

Laure Greene, employee

Anna Martin, Director of Operations

Anna Le Boucher, survivor and abolitionist

Collective of gluers l'AMAZONE Haute-Savoie

Flo Marandet, teacher

Anissia Docaigne-Makhroff, lawyer and feminist activist

Pauline Makoveitchoux, photographer

AMAZONE Arlysère Collective of gluers

Victoriane Patraud, graphic designer

Sarah Mounzouni, graphic designer

Marfa Docaigne-Makhroff, consultant

Audrey Arendt, philosopher

Mélanie Telle, heritage conservation student

Maureen KAKOU, poet

Manon Didier, Health Prevention Officer

Manon Lassalaz, specialised teacher and owner of an M2 Gender Studies

Noémie Huart - feminist in-service training facilitator. Feminist activist

Sofia Recham, real estate agent

Ana Lebón, geriatric assistant

Laurie Briand, student apprentice construction supervisor

Catalina Roth, receptionist

Clara Delattre, student

Anne Palmowski, journalist and director

Sandrine Beydon, pharmaceutical delegate

Camille Thibault, student

Graziella Florimond Pouvait, teacher, writer and Afro-feminist

Lucie Calmels, commercial

Maeve Laveau Northam, radical lesbian feminist activist

Carole Barthès, graphic designer

Raquel Oliveira Coelho - animator

Magali Salvadori, payroll manager

Aurore Benard, feminist, LGBT and anti-species activist

Gloria Martinez, pastry chef

Alice Gonnet, director of an ALSH

Déborah D'Imperio, Artistic Director

Andreea Nita, student

Kim Jacques, support technique

Julie de Frondeville, painter

Nassira Izmar, student

Noellie Barailles, diving teacher

Julia Guerrois, translator

Melissa Roche, author

Ophélie Grange, agricultural worker

Clara Noizet, teacher

Laurence Martin, retired, universal radical feminist

Aurea Tellier, student

Camille Girard, radical lesbian activist, ally of Detrans and FTM

Sidwell Rigade, biological engineer

Laure Zajac Fouissac, flight attendant

Cassandra Bidois, student

Paolino Lisi, student

Milène Rault, student

Anabelle Debiève, lawyer and CM

Ana Minski, eco-feminist activist

Laetitia Wider, journalist

Lucie Dorat, teacher

Sandra Besson, entrepreneur

Anaïs Martinez, visual artist

Jeanne Gut, saleswoman

Khady Toure, Social worker

Zélie Marie, psychomotor therapist

Rosalie Amara, Human Resources Manager

Aurélie Doriani, computer engineer

Lyse Nicoud, dental surgeon

Marion Av, feminist activist

Pauline Amélie, photographer

Hisaé Yerlikaya, activist and lawyer

Anaïs Lenal, artist and feminist activist

Pauline Maulmont, student and feminist activist

Charline Beauvais, feminist activist

Jessica Moreau, bookseller

Anna Wolska, feminist activist

Valérie Bardin, accountant

Mélissa Parmentier, in retraining

Liv Simonet, master's student in medieval history

M. Minier, environmental engineering student

Yasmina Mounir, engineer

Rendu Emeline, student

Lea Dubois, student

Aza Ninarova, lawyer

Silas Lang, unemployed

Leïla Rojas, psychiatric assistant

Original text here

Translation of Valeria Nicoletti


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