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We are documenting hatred and harassment. "TERF" is a slur used to justify harassment and violence.

Deborah Cameron, a sociolinguistics professor, explains that we can reasonably decide if a word is a slur by asking certain questions such as, “Is the word commonly understood to convey hatred or contempt?” and, “What other words does the word tend to co-occur with?”

"Cameron looked at a collection of tweets in which the term TERF is used and noted, that it, “quite often shows up in the same tweet as other words whose status as slurs is not disputed, like ‘btch’ and ‘c*t’. Other words that occur more than once or twice in these tweets include ‘disgusting’, ‘ugly’, ‘scum’ and a cluster of words implying uncleanness (‘smell’, ‘stink’, ‘garbage’, ‘filth’)—which is also a well-worn theme in racist and anti-Semitic discourse.” –Source

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We are documenting hatred and harassment. "TERF" is a slur used to justify harassment and violence. > Deborah Cameron, a sociolinguistics professor, explains that we can reasonably decide if a word is a slur by asking certain questions such as, “Is the word commonly understood to convey hatred or contempt?” and, “What other words does the word tend to co-occur with?” > "Cameron looked at a collection of tweets in which the term TERF is used and noted, that it, “quite often shows up in the same tweet as other words whose status as slurs is not disputed, like ‘b*tch’ and ‘c**t’. Other words that occur more than once or twice in these tweets include ‘disgusting’, ‘ugly’, ‘scum’ and a cluster of words implying uncleanness (‘smell’, ‘stink’, ‘garbage’, ‘filth’)—which is also a well-worn theme in racist and anti-Semitic discourse.” –[Source](https://archive.vn/cMdR7) Further Reading: - [On an Alleged Case of Propaganda: Reply toRachel McKinnon](https://philpapers.org/archive/ALLOAA-3.pdf) | [archive](https://archive.is/JNmHK) - [‘TERF’ is a Gift to the Misogynistic ‘Left’](https://radicalfeministsunite.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/terf-is-a-gift-to-the-misogynistic-left/) | [archive](https://archive.vn/CCOOI) - The Word TERF | [archive](https://archive.vn/l03Zq) - TERF: It’s time for you to drop this expression of misogyny from your vocabulary | [archive](https://archive.vn/TjoZO) - [‘TERF’ isn’t just a slur, it’s hate speech](https://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/09/21/terf-isnt-slur-hate-speech/) | [archive](https://archive.vn/WYayP) - The Scolds Bridle of JK Rowling | [archive](https://archive.vn/Vt0x6) - [What makes a word a slur?](https://debuk.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/what-makes-a-word-a-slur/) | [Archive](https://archive.is/xCRSS)

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I agree that TERF is a slur word, but there is a better way to deal with it than endlessly complaining about it being one, or going down the rabbit hole of calling it "hate speech." It's effect is magnified by complaints; that's why slurs can be effective. Why not rebrand the acronym TERF with new content? How about TERF = Truly Evident Real Females, or some other phrase ending in "Real Females?" It defangs the slur, not only by repurposing the acronym to your own benefit, but the "Real Females" reminds them that this is precisely what they are not, and would be taken as a slur to the TRA's, who would probably whine about that as being "hate speech." Don't complain -- instead, give your opponents something to complain about.