Feminists divided over report that lesbians 'pressured into sex by some trans women'

Feminists divided over report that lesbians 'pressured into sex by some trans women'
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A recent study reporting that some lesbians feel pressured into having sex with transgender women, who are biological males, has divided feminists and the gay and transgender community over whether their sexual preferences amount to transphobia.

The controversial BBC article cited a report by lesbian group Get the L Out that found 56% of 80 respondents said they were “pressured or coerced to accept a trans woman as a sexual partner.” In conversation with other members of the gay and transgender community, lesbians reported receiving death threats, rape threats, and verbal abuse for “questioning the trans doctrine” and were designated as TERFs, an abbreviation for “trans-exclusionary radical feminists.” The report was met with mixed reactions, being accused of demonizing transgender women by some critics while applauded by others for sharing the women's stories.


The article garnered praise from lesbians on Twitter, many of whom have long felt that the broader movement for gay and transgender rights no longer represents their interest.

It also received backlash from those who saw it as encouraging the discrimination of transgender people and castigating them as predators.

The article included quotes from several lesbians who received backlash or harassment from gay and transgender people, even a partner in one case, for saying they were not sexually attracted to people with male bodies.

“[They] threatened to out me as a terf and risk my job if I refused to sleep with [them],” one woman said of a trans woman she went on a date with. “I was too young to argue and had been brainwashed by queer theory so [they were] a ‘woman’ even if every fibre of my being was screaming throughout so I agree to go home with [them]. [They] used physical force when I changed my mind upon seeing [their] penis and raped me.”

Though some transgender women said physical preferences were understandable, others decried “genital preferences” as discriminatory and in the same vein as only wanting to date people of a certain race.

“If you find that when dating, you are writing off entire groups of people, like people of colour, fat people, disabled people or trans people, then it's worth considering how societal prejudices may have shaped your attractions,” Nancy Kelley, the president of Stonewall U.K., a gay and transgender rights group, told the outlet in a statement.


Celebrities have attracted similar criticism in recent weeks. Comedian Dave Chappelle, who received backlash for jokes he made about the transgender community in his new Netflix special, has refused to retract his remarks, saying he'd meet with the offended parties but only on his terms.

"To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me," Chappelle said Monday. "I am not bending to anybody's demands."

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