THE STUDY OF TERF DEBATE IN THE CONTEXTS OF US, UK & TURKEY & THE EMBRACEMENT OF INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM FOR RECONCILIATION PROPOSAL

2022-7-18
Tanrıver, Pınar
This study examines the relationality of the trans-exclusionary radical feminism (TERF) debate, which has become the focus of contemporary feminist literature with intersectional feminism. After the introduction of the term, “TERF” in 2008, the debate on trans-exclusion has flared up and pushed feminist actors into a significant polarisation. At the same time, the trans-exclusionary legal and structural changes made by states, institutions and organisations worldwide caused the gap between the parties to widen. The currently accepted feminist discourse has been insufficient to overcome this problem. For this reason, the primary motivation of this study is to question whether this debate can be ended somehow and whether feminism can be progressed by adopting a different perspective. In this context, the TERF debate has been examined based on the US and UK, where polarisation and international effects are the most and based on Turkey due to the undeniable impact of the arguments from these two countries on the conflict in it. In line with these examinations, the development of feminist thought has been examined in the historical conjuncture, and a reconciliatory understanding has been sought that will bring a solution to this highly polarised debate environment. In this direction, this study defends the argument that due to its inclusiveness principle and perspective of analysing oppression and exclusion through the relationality of identities, intersectional feminism could end the TERF debate and promote the advancement of feminist thought.

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Citation Formats
P. Tanrıver, “THE STUDY OF TERF DEBATE IN THE CONTEXTS OF US, UK & TURKEY & THE EMBRACEMENT OF INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM FOR RECONCILIATION PROPOSAL,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.