Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about establishing equal opportunities for women in education and employment. I’m even up for whacking pink short shorts and a sleeveless bomber jacket on and learning the words to Can’t Hold Us Down. But, unfortunately, what I’m not quite sold on is the dictionary of terms that have come out of the movement.
Hetronormative – Denoting or relating to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation
Intersectionality – The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage
This is a fairly recent addition to the dictionary, cisgender – Denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex
Exhortation – An address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something
Oppression – Prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or exercise of authority
This is a newish one; ableism – Discrimination in favour of able-bodied people or disregard of the needs of disabled people
Androcentric – Focused or centred on men
‘Not my Nigel’ – a shorthand description for a common defensive reaction of many women to feminist observations and explanations of widespread sexist activity and sexist motivations
Finally, we have She-E-O, as a take on CEO. There is no gender reference on the original CEO, so let’s leave this as She-E-NO.
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