Glossary – Feminist Speakeasy

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You may be unfamiliar with the words used on our website either because you never heard them before or because they're unique to Feminist Speakeasy so an explanation of terms we use is listed below.

  • Resisterhood: A digital and Chicago based community made up of people that desperately need a hideaway from the patriarchy who are united by the fight for equality and actively work towards economic, political and social change. Click here to join the Reisterhood!

  • Intersectional Feminism: Marginalized groups of people participating in organized activity that leads to the political, economic, and social equity of the sexes. In our opinion, real feminism is intersectional. 

  • White Feminism: A brand of feminism centered around the ideals and struggles of primarily white women.

  • 1st Wave Feminism: Otherwise known as the Suffrage movement, 1st Wave Feminism focused on legal issues, primarily on gaining the right to vote.

  • 2nd Wave Feminism: Coming after World War II, the second wave of feminism focused on the workplace, sexuality, family and reproductive rights. During this time women were fighting not only for gender equality, but also civil rights and freedom of sexuality.

  • 3rd Wave Feminism: The main issues feminism is fighting today are similar to those of the second wave, however feminism has gained popularity and is now more widely accepted in the mainstream. Though we are yet to achieve full gender equality, in terms of reproductive rights, equal pay, ending violence against women, and more, it’s important to note that we’ve come a long way since the first wave of feminism.

  • 4th Wave Feminism: Many believe we are living in a new wave of feminism which has been enabled by the growing online feminist community. The new wave is sex-positive, body-positive, anti-misandrist, intersectional, queer and trans inclusive and primarily digitally driven.

  • Ableism: Discrimination in favor of able-bodied people.

  • Cis (Cisgender): Someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth. It is important to note that we say "assigned" rather than “biological” intentionally because there is not a correct biological basis for a person's gender or gender identity.

  • Cultural Appropriation: The unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.

  • Diaspora: People dispersed or settled in a country far from their country of ancestral origins.

  • Gender Fluid: Someone who feels that their gender fluctuates on a moment to moment basis.

  • Gender Roles: Expectations assigned to each gender (usually the binary male and female).

  • Heteronormative: Denoting or relating to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation.

  • LGBTQIA+: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex, and asexual.

  • Mansplain: A man explaining something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

  • Misandry: The hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against men or boys in general.

  • Misogyny: Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.

  • Non-Binary/Gender Queer: A person who does not believe in the gender binary but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.

  • POC: An acronym for Person of Color.

  • Privilege: A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

  • Queer: a politicized umbrella term for people LGBTIQQAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Questioning, Asexual, Agender) spectrum people.

  • Rape Culture: A society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.

  • SWERF: Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist.

  • Slut-shaming: The action or fact of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative.

  • Toxic Masculinity: A social science term that describes narrow repressive type of ideas about the male gender role, that defines masculinity as exaggerated masculine traits like being violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth.