It's a loosely-organized collective with a message of hate and exclusion against transgender women in particular, and also transgender men. They attach themselves to radical feminism as a means to deny trans women basic access to healthcare, women's groups, restroom facilities, and anywhere that may be considered women's space.
They use rhetoric suggesting that trans women are would-be rapists, when according to the FBI in 2013, NO TRANSGENDER WOMAN RAPED a non-transgender - or cisgender - woman, yet 14 rapes occurred where cisgender (non-trans) women RAPED TRANS WOMEN OR TRANS MEN.
When the statistics are pointed out, they threaten to RAPE transgender women by making what appear to be veiled threats:
They use feminism as a means to justify their message, which isn't based on women's rights or protecting women, but is simply a case of hatred of a minority:
In their words. a transgender woman is a "self loathing gay man"…… and it's interesting that this comment above came from Justin Norwood, a 29 yr old gay male.
People would not choose to stand out among a group to be singled out for abuse, for beating, for rape or to be murdered. Being transgender is not a choice, it is a scientific medical reality. It would be far easier for someone who is gay than transgender. Gay people look the same as everyone else…..they don't have the same issues as a transgender person, they never have and never will. This is yet another commonly used trope by the TERF movement, and one that the medical community are quick to disprove.
When this line of attack does not seem to be working, they often switch to using the trope that being transgender is a mental health issue. It's true that because of societies reaction towards transgender people, particularly trans women and trans women of color, many trans people suffer from depression and bodily dysphoria. However, this is NOT the cause of them being transgender, but the SYMPTOM of abuse that those such as the TERF groups like to perpetrate on them daily. No one is mentally ill for being transgender - medical science has already proven this, and transgender is not listed in the mental health guide known as DSM. This does not stop the TERFs from claiming that something must be "wrong" with a transgender person for "mutilating" themselves through surgery:
One of the tenets of TERFism, is that they claim to wish to abolish gender - yet everything they do is geared to call transgender women "men", and everything they say involves "penis". Anyone who doesn't fit the simplistic "male and female" gender binary is discounted as male:
However, many non-binary identified people were assigned FEMALE at birth.
Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism is an oxymoron. Trans-Exclusionaries are NOT Feminists - they are simply a right-wing branch of mainstream GAY thought, designed to push the T out of the LGBT.