Women and Allies In Support of SonicFox

Women and Allies In Support of SonicFox

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Shanice M started this petition to Twitter (Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94103) and

I am an LGBTQ black woman, a committed and long term feminist (President of KCL Feminist Society 13-14, organiser for various women’s activist groups) and a competitive fighting game player. I have been dismayed over the past week about how a Mortal Kombat 11 tweet jokingly referencing the term “TERF” (trans exclusionary radical feminist) has been used to bully and berate SonicFox both on Twitter and, most recently, in my own country’s parliament, resulting in a temporary Twitter ban and painting him in UK politics as a misogynist. 

Sonic Fox has been a meaningful and vocal supporter of women, queer and black folk in the Fighting Gaming Community and gaming culture generally. He has actively supported the efforts of women and women’s organisations in gaming and has been nothing but an ally. 

This has happened because he used the term TERF, which describes a strand of feminism originating in the protest movements of the 60s, 70s and 80s. This feminism understands sexism in terms male dominance and power. They define “male” as any person who had a penis at birth and power is often defined as coming from the capacity and use of “male” bodies. This strand of feminism therefore sees trans women as a sub-set of “males” and not part of the group “women”.

TERF describes and defines this, and similar, strands of politics. It is not a slur against women as a whole but a description of a political viewpoint that seeks to marginalise trans women.

SonicFox has rightly used his huge platform to call out this exclusionary and offensive strand of politics which uses women’s very real history of oppression to marginalise and abuse trans people, specifically trans women.

I have been compelled to write this petition partly because I am sick of women’s struggle being used to further the marginalisation of trans people. Trans women are women, end of.

I am also writing this to defend our gaming culture: women like myself love Mortal Kombat as a franchise. You might not understand our culture and passion but do not mistake our Fatalities (an aspect of the game) for violence against women. Women are here in gaming and in the FGC, alongside allies like SonicFox, carving a space in a culture that often pushes marginalised people out.

The MPs and journalists attacking SonicFox ought to turn inwards on the real violence against women being perpetrated by those in our parliament and media who are cutting vital funding to women’s domestic violence services and perpetrating harmful victim blaming myths in the media.

Twitter should not confuse and sanction legitimate criticism of a political ideology with discrimination against women. 

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