Somebody on Etsy is selling these buttons.
Trans activism is supposedly about gaining rights and recognition for trans people. The fight for trans rights is supposed to be similar to the fight for gay rights. But gays and lesbians never had a slogan about sending straight people to die in a fire. We didn’t go around calling straight people scum. We didn’t make pins saying “straight people stomper.” We just wanted our civil rights–the right to an education and employment without discrimination, the right to live free from bullying and harassment, the right to marry. We did not seek to take rights away from other people. The only slur against straight people that gay people ever came up with was “breeder,” and there is no history of straight people being afraid to speak or gather in groups for fear of being called a “breeder.” This was never hate speech, it was only ever mildly rude.
But women are silenced by the word Terf. Fear of being labelled by this word keeps women from speaking their minds. We are afraid of real violence, because trans activists threaten us when we speak and when we gather. Some of us are afraid of losing our jobs if we speak out publicly against gender identity laws that effectively allow anyone at all into women’s washrooms and locker rooms.
A movement that creates buttons that call feminists scum and tell us to die is not a liberation movement, it is anti-feminism. Liberation movements don’t need to take rights away from anybody else, they just fight for rights for oppressed groups.
The word transgender is a large umbrella term covering quite a few very different types of people. People who genuinely suffer from dysphoria are not being helped by “Die Cis Scum” buttons. The only people who are benefiting from this anti-feminist backlash are misogynists–the types who want to silence feminists and give men the right to do whatever they want, wherever they want, including in spaces that are supposed to be reserved for women.