Feminist Mom Booted From Bar Over T-Shirt With the Definition of 'Woman'
Last week, a feminist mom was booted from an English pub because her t-shirt with the dictionary definition of "woman" was not "inclusive" enough. A gay man complained to management and she was asked to leave the bar she'd frequented for three years. The man later took to Twitter, using the slur TERF (Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminist) and calling the mom "disgusting."
Rebeka Wershbale, 34 and a mother of one, told Britain's Daily Mail that her t-shirt — which simply reads "Woman/women/noun/adult human female" — caused her exclusion.
A female staff member named Heather "told me that the T-shirt I was wearing was upsetting people because it was transphobic and not inclusive so I was barred," Wershbale told the Daily Mail. "What she meant was that I was somehow offending men who say they are women because my T-shirt did not include them in the definition of a woman."
"There aren't even any transgender staff or patrons at the pub," the mom added. "It's crackers."
Wershbale supports the feminist group Fair Play For Women, which opposed a recent effort to alter the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) to enable people who identify as the gender opposite their birth sex to change their legal status without any medical diagnosis. Feminists like Wershbale argued that the change would harm the safety and privacy of women, in part by enabling biological men to access women's restrooms without sufficient evidence that they truly suffer from gender dysphoria and are not merely perverts.
Wershbale was kicked out last Sunday. That evening, she had spoken with a gay man identified as Mika Johnson.
"I sat down next to him and asked him how he was," the mom told the Daily Mail. "He said, 'I don't want to talk to you to be honest — please leave me alone.' So I said OK and left it."
Half an hour later, Heather told Wershbale she was no longer welcome at the bar. "Heather said I'd been upsetting people and Mika was crying," the mother recalled. "She told me that the way I talk about radical feminism was a problem and said, 'The T-shirt you're wearing is upsetting and not inclusive.' I replied that it simply said the dictionary definition of being a woman — how can it be offensive?"
According to Wershbale, the staffer "mumbled a bit about it being transphobic and that I had been transphobic previously. She then said I was barred and that she had been nominated by the other bar staff to come tell me that. I asked if she thought it was troubling that I was being removed from my own local [bar] because I was wearing a feminist T-shirt that had upset a gay man."