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By David Futrelle
Over on the “Gender Critical” subreddit — the most popular hangout for Reddit’s Trans-Excluding Radical Feminists (TERFs) — the regulars are getting good and mad at an unnamed trans women because she said in a video that she wanted to look pretty.
“I just watched a video of a TIM explaining his reasons for facial feminization surgery,” wrote tihozitje, using the TERFy term TIM (Trans-Identified Male) for the trans woman in question
It all boils down to him wanting to look/feel “beautiful”.
The horror. A human being wanting to look attractive. Who ever heard of such an affront to reason and decency?
He said that he was always jealous of the fact that “girls got to look pretty” and that the possibilty of an insurance covering his ffs made him pursue transitioning.
No one transitions because their insurance covers it; they transition because they’re trans — though insurance coverage can determine what surgeries they can and cannot afford.
This man is objectively very unattractive as a man or as a “woman”.
So the crux of the argument is that ugly people should remain ugly, at least if they’re trans? That’s not a “critical” stance; it’s just sort of mean.
It just bothers me so much that these TIMs see womenhood as looking beautiful.
Someone wanting to look good after their transition does not mean that they “see womanhood as looking beautiful”
An “ugly” woman is as much of a woman as any other. I’m tired of having women’s value be determined by their looks.
Well, take that up with society; don’t take your resentment out on a trans woman who’s honestly just hoping to look a little more feminine.
All of this shows how TIMs are truly the biggest sexists.
Well, no. But it does show how petty and spiteful some TERFs can get when faced with a trans woman simply trying to live her best life.
Tihozitje’s post got nearly 250 upvotes and inspired dozens of comments, nearly all of them in agreement with her stance.
“TIMs are the ultimate misogynists,” wrote OmnibusToken..
“They reduce women to makeup and dresses and a ‘feeling,'” added feministdreamer. “We’re not human beings to them at all. It’s sickening.”
Another commenter suggested that trans women just accept that they’re really men — and improve their appearances by hitting the gym and maybe buying themselves a toupee.
Why don’t these stupid idiots work out, wear a toupee, take care of their skin, get some nice clothes and cologne, etc. if they want to look nice?
Still others took a certain pleasure in the notion that nothing this allegedly ugly trans woman could do would actually make her pretty in the end.
“[T]hese men will never be ‘pretty girls,”” wrote wehurrytoourdeaths.
Never. Ugly men in a dress are still ugly men. They will never pass.
These men think that because they don’t look like the top 5% men that they’ll have better luck as women. In reality, if they do transition, they’ll be at the bottom of the barrel of women when it comes to dating because very few people are interested in dating trans people, let alone a non-passing TiM. They might more easily find sex from other males but they will not find a committed loving relationship with someone of their choosing.
Outside of the manosphere itself, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movement so motivated by spite as “Gender Critical” feminism.