“Cathy Brennan is a Fake Goth” is a meme circulating the internet since early 2016. According to this article, published in April 2016, “on her Twitter, she has “goth” in her bio. From what I understand, at some point someone said she was a fake goth, most likely in response to Brennan’s stance that trans women are fake women.”
Since then, internet users who don’t know Brennan, but who disagree with some things she’s said online, have regurgitated this meme hundreds of times. People have updated their Facebook statuses, posted the meme to Twitter, reblogged it on Tumblr, and shared it elsewhere on the internet. Several especially dedicated individuals have employed their subpar photo editing skills to create sharable graphics, and one even created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of perpetuating this meme.
Memes are created for the purpose of spreading an idea quickly, “often as a way to publicly ridicule human behavior.” While some memes seek to make fun of an idea or specific action and have the potential to be hilarious and relatable, the “fake goth” meme seeks to single out and ridicule, and invalidate an individual. It does not address Brennan’s political views or activism, but instead attacks Brennan as a person in an attempt to intimidate or silence — we refer to this as harassment.
Further, this meme amplifies the voices of men’s rights activists and rape apologists, who have perpetuated the use of intimidation, stalking, harassment, and other silencing tactics as “activism.” These men are lashing out at women who disagree with their absurd assertion that men can be women (and therefore lesbians) if they identify as such. They say, “fake goth” but what they mean is “TERF” or “mean lesbian who won’t agree with me and give me what I want.”
They’re lashing out at Brennan, hoping that the rest of us who disagree with their garbage politics will be too intimidated to speak out. They’re hoping we’ll stay silent while they redefine “woman” and “lesbian” to include and prioritize men who wish to identify as such. This is misogyny, disguised as “activism,” aimed at forcing women to accept their version of “reality” (in which penis is female, LOL NOPE) over our own.
Following is just a sample of the work trans “activists” are doing to bring awareness to fake goths…
In response to the meme, lesbian feminists have realized that Facebook’s abuse reporting system will delete and ban users that post targeted harassment. The result has been that hundreds of transgender activists have lots their Facebook accounts. They continue posting the meme because they believe it causes Brennan pain. What they fail to realize is that Brennan is a 46-year-old woman who does not care what mentally ill and delusional people say about her online. The game, for us, is reporting as many abusive trans activists as possible to get them removed from social media platforms.