Sunday, April 10, 2022

Not a zero-sum game

This is where I stand on the TERF wars: This is not a zero-sum game. In a zero-sum game, the inputs into the game are limited and the outcome requires both a winner and a loser. Think of Monopoly or Chess. Both games start with limited resources which the players trade back and forth. In the end, there is only one winner and at least one loser. This is not the case with most things in life. In life, it is possible to expand the size of the game to allow for multiple winners. In my opinion, the position of TERFs is that transgender women take away from feminism. But feminism, as I see it, is not zero-sum. Transgender women add to the equation. I am now going to speculate a bit... Feminism grew out of a nascent philosphy of Critical Theory. After feminism, critical theory turned to Queer theory (I'm linking to Wikipedia because this is one of the areas that Wikipedia excels at). I wonder if the pivot to Queer theory was from the homosexual community feeling the need to create distance from certain branchs of feminism? But we are all queer. Some more queer than others. And we are more alike than we are different from one another. Kumbaya, my lord, kumbaya!

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