"[Some ask me] 'what's wrong with this, why not delude yourself into thinking everything's fine and that you can change the world with your thoughts'. And I have two problems with it: one, and I'll be hard line about this: I think delusion is always a mistake. There are no safe delusions. Although one of the messages of positive psychology in the United States is 'yeah, it's good to have some positive delusions about you. [...] The other thing I find very, very disturbing about it is I just think it's cruel. I mean it's cruel to take people who are having great difficulties in their lives and tell them it's all in their head, and they only have to change their attitude."
This quote was taken from a transcript of a talk Barbara Ehrenreich gave for the release of her book "Smile Or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America And The World" 12 years ago. There's also a video of it. Ehrenreich passed away recently at the age of 81, and there were questions in the comment section here on whether she was critical on the topic of gender or not.
I would like to argue that she HAD to have been gender critical. Not only because Ehrenreich's works questioned and criticised those in power, inequality, the patriarchy, toxic positivity, junk science, the wellness industry, the medical establishment and many other societal conventions; but also because the above quote indicates of thinking that is easily applicable on the trans agenda. A mass delusion that's being blindly accepted as absolute truth out of politeness, toxic positivity and corporate interests. And the cruelty is demanding that women would look the other way when a man undresses next to their teenage daughters in a locker room, or when lesbians are told they're bigots for refusing to sleep with men in mini skirts.
I can't speak for the dead, and perhaps we'll never know for sure. But I'd like to argue that Barbara Ehrenreich should have been the terfiest terf of all.