this tiny group has attracted a disproportionate amount of attention in the past several years, in large part thanks to social-media platforms. Anti-trans feminists have a presence in many mainstream online spaces, including Twitter, â€œradfemâ€ Tumblr, the Black womenâ€™s beauty forum Lipstick Alley, and the British parenting forum Mumsnet.
On these sites and others, they use many of the same trolling tactics as other internet-based fringe political movements to disrupt conversation, skew reality, and make the internet another dangerous place for trans women through doxing and harassment. Anti-trans activists have used social media to call out specific trans women who use womenâ€™s bathrooms, for instance, labeling them â€œpredatorsâ€ and â€œpedophiles,â€ and promising to resist them by any means necessaryâ€”be it pepper spray or pistol. GLAAD has shown that these sorts of attacks have warped online discourse, turning focus away from discrimination and instead encouraging renewed debate about trans womenâ€™s bodies.
What’s described in this article is the same online radicalisation as neo-nazis and incels.