DC Comics has just added TERF to its lexicon in the latest issue of Green Lantern.
The word – an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist – is used to describe people who identify as feminist but who opposed including trans women in spaces reserved for women. Writer Viv Smythe has been credited with coining the term in 2008 after she wrote a short series of blog posts that used the acronym.
Now, DC Comics featured the term TERF in the last issue written by an LGBT+ author. This is the first use of the word in DC Comics history, as reported by Bleeding Cool, which asserts that “some consider it a slur”.
The Green Lantern Season Two #12 is the final issue in the series written by non-binary author Grant Morrison and illustrated by Liam Sharp. The comic features a large crowd with words like “queer”, “Nazi”, “fat”, “tool” and “TERF” being used as insults.
The terms were used to illustrate divisions between people during violent clashes shown in the comic, based on previews. It’s not clear if DC will continue to use TERF in future comic books.
Morrison, who is a TV and comic book writer and creator, has worked on a variety of projects including Doom Patrol, The Flash and Green Lantern. They came out as non-binary in an interview with Mondo2000 in November, saying they had been “non-binary, crossdressing, ‘gender queer'” since they were 10-years-old.
Sharp said the issue is a “season finale” for his and Morrison’s sci-fi comic book series. He said on Twitter: “I’ve said it many times, but I’ll miss Hal [Green Lantern] and Grant Morrison loads. Already am!”
The duo has been working on this rendition of the Green Lantern comic series for the last two years. And according to Sharp, this is Morrison’s final contribution to the DC Comics Universe.
There are several “Green Lanterns” throughout the DC Comics history. Many of these superheroes are part of the “Green Lantern Corps”, an intergalactic law enforcement organisation that boasts over 7,200 members. Each Green Lantern is given a power ring which grants them the use of superhuman abilities.
Sharp and Morrison’s series featured Hal Jordan, a former combat pilot who eventually becomes a leader of the Green Lantern Corps. Jordan is also a founding member of the Justice League alongside Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.