Mentioning that horrible Woman’s Hour program in my Radio 4 post reminded me that Sarah Brown came across some really weird stuff online recently. It is a sort of pop-psychology test designed to tell whether you are a trans woman or not, but written by a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist. It tells you a heck of a lot about how TERFs think, but very little about trans women.
There were a few questions I answered yes to; for example:
- Do you spend a lot of time online? (TERFs do, it is where they do most of their harassment)
- Do you want to be pretty? (Would have been nice, bit late now.)
- Have you attended a male-only educational facility? (Not my fault, I hated it.)
There were a lot of questions that rather suggested that the author had read Triton and assumed that all trans women were like Bron:
- Do women really “have it all”?
- Are feminists whiney bitches?
- Do women have no right to speak on the topic of gender?
- Have you always known you were very angry for some reason and it was women’s fault somehow?
- Tired of no one noticing what a Special Person you are?
There were also quite a few that clearly came from odd stereotypes of the sort of man the author thinks would claim to be a trans woman:
- Have you been in the military?
- Have you been in prison?
- Do you own more than three firearms?
There were one to two that betrayed a general hatred of femininity:
- Do you celebrate the cultural subordination rituals (“femininity”) that are forced onto females?
- Do you have a phoenix or butterfly tattoo?
And finally there was some genuine WTFery:
- Do you have a successful STEM career? (‘Cos that proves you are a man, right? Real women can’t do science.)
- Long time Dungeons and Dragons shaman of undecided loyalty? Or whatever the fuck?
- Are you an identical twin?
I’m sure that an actual psychologist could have a field day with it. You can find the whole list of questions here.
By the way, I did also click through and do that COGIATI test that Sarah mentions. I came out as only borderline trans, mainly because the test was stuffed full of gender-essentialist questions about how good you are at reading emotions (surely a learned skill), good navigation skills, and inability to do maths, all of which were assumed to be firm indicators of true femininity.