BY MILLIE CADDEN
It can be overwhelming when you are starting to learn about feminism with a lot of terms and names that you might not understand. To make things easier, we have made a quick glossary of commonly used words in our workshops and between ourselves as feminists. This list will be updated as time goes on, the language we use changes all the time and we will try our best to keep up with it.
Feminism
An umbrella term covering a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women

Intersectional Feminism
The understanding of how someone's overlapping identities — including race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and disability status — impact the way they experience oppression and discrimination.

Heteronormativity
The belief that heterosexuality is the only sexual orientation or only norm, and states that sexual and marital relations are most (or only) fitting between people of opposite sexes.

Privilege
The idea that some people in society are advantaged over others.

Feminazi
A derogatory term for a radical feminist.

Patriarchy
A hierarchical-structured society in which men hold more power.

Sexism
The belief that one gender is superior to another.

Misogyny
Hatred towards women.

Misandry
Hatred towards men.

Internalised Misogyny
Involuntary belief that the sexist views presented to them are true causing divides between women.

Rape Culture
A term to describe a cultural decision for sexual violence against women to be normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women's bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence.

Intersex
A term that refers to someone whose anatomy or genetics at birth do not correspond to the typical expectations for either sex. Is distinct from transgender people, who are typically born with a biological sex that fits the norm for male or female and then grow up to identify with the opposite gender.

Queer
Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual and/or not cisgender.

Cisgender
A person whose gender identity aligns with the sex assigned to them at birth.

Transgender
A person whose gender differs from the societal expectations of the sex they were assigned at birth.

Transphobia
Prejudice towards transgender people.

Sex positive
An attitude that views sexual expression and sexual pleasure, if it's healthy and consensual, as a good thing.

Victim-blaming
When the victim of a crime or harmful act is held fully or partially responsible for the crime itself.

Trigger
Something that forces you to relive a trauma.

Trigger Warning
A statement that someone is about to experience challenging material that could potentially be disturbing (graphic, racially-insensitive, sexually explicit, etc.).

Gender Fluidity
Not identifying with a single, fixed gender.

Non-Binary
An umbrella term for people who don't identify as female/male or woman/man.

Women of Colour (WOC)
A term to unite women from marginalized communities of colour who have experienced oppression.

Gender Roles
Gendered behaviors considered appropriate by a given society or group.

Oppression
The culture of injustice; unjust exploitation, or domination of others.


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