Definitions In Feminism


Here are a few definitions of words that are associated with feminism/riot grrrl that haven’t been mentioned much. If there are more words that you can think of to add to this list, let me know and I will add the word and definition up.

Activism: is efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change. Activism is action in support of or opposition to a cause.

DIY (or Do It Yourself): means making your own stuff such as: crafts, buttons, shirts, stickers, etc.

Equality: means having the same rights, status, opportunities, or privileges as others. Equality is about being fair to everyone no matter what age, gender, race, or religion.

Feminist: someone who associates themselves with the feminist movement.

Feminist Theology: is a movement that reconsiders the traditions, practices, scriptures, and theologies of religions from a feminist perspective. Some of the goals of feminist theology include: increasing the role of women among the clergy and religious authorities, reinterpreting male-dominated imagery and language about God, determining women’s place in relation to career and motherhood, and studying images of women in the religion’s sacred texts.

Feminist Theory: is an extension of feminism into theoretical or philosophical fields. It encompasses work in a variety of disciplines, including: anthropology, sociology, economics, women’s studies, literary criticism, art history, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. Feminist theory aims to understand gender inequality, and focuses on gender politics, power relations, and sexuality. While providing a critique of these social and political relations, much of feminist theory also focuses on the promotion of women’s rights and interests. Themes explored in feminist theory include: discrimination, stereotyping, objectification, (especially sexual objectification), oppression, and patriarchy. The American literary critic and feminist Elaine Showalter describes the phased development of feminist theory. The first she calls “feminist critique”, in which the feminist reader examines the ideologies behind literary phenomena. The second Showalter calls “gynocriticism”, in which the “woman is producer of texual meaning”
including “the psychodynamics of female creativity; linguisstics and the problem of a female language; the trajectory of the individual or collective female literary career and literary history”. The last phase she calls “gender theory”, in which the “ideological inscription and the literary effects of the sex/gender system” are explored”. This model has been criticized by the scholar Toril Moi who sees it as an essentialist and deterministic model for female subjectivity and for failing to account for the situation of women outside the West. In feminist theory the concept of patriarchy often includes all the social mechanisms that reproduce and exert male dominance over women. Feminist theory typically characterizes partriarchy as a social construction, which can be overcome by revealing and critically analyzing its manifestations.

Herstory: is history written from a feminist perspective, emphasizing the role of women, or told from a woman’s point of view.

HollaBack: a worldwide grassroots movement to end street harassment.

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.

Ladyfest: is a community-based/not-for profit global music and arts festival for female artists. Ladyfests feature bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word, and visual artists. Ladyfests include: films, lectures, art exhibitions, and workshops. Ladyfests are organized by volunteers. Ladyfests take place all over the world. The first ever Ladyfest took place in Olympia, Washington in the United States. The festival had over 2000 people attending and it took place in the year 2000. People involved in the event were: Sarah Dougher, Sleater-Kinney, Teresa Carmody, Bratmobile, The Gossip, Bangs, The Rondelles, and The Need. Ever since the first Ladyfest was held, it has become a phenomenon all over the world. Most of the Ladyfest proceeds go to non-profit organizations. Ladyfests celebrate the creativity of women. They provide support and access to new, established, or experimental female artists.

Male feminist: is any male that supports feminism or considers himself a feminist. Some women suggest that men can be “pro-feminist”, meaning that they support the feminist movement and feminists.

Pro-Choice: is a political movement encompassing ethical view that a woman should have the legal right to terminate her own pregnancy.

Pro-Feminism/Pro-Feminist: is the support of feminism without implying that the supporter is a member of the feminist movement. The term is most often used in reference to men who are actively supportive of feminism. Pro-Feminist Men refers to men that support the feminist movement but don’t consider themselves feminists.

Riot boy (or riot boi): is any male that supports the riot grrrl movement or considers himself a riot grrrl, but calls himself riot boy (or boi) because he is a male.

Riot grrrl (or riot grrl): an underground punk music movement that existed in the early to mid-1990’s and is often associated with third-wave feminism. Riot Grrrl can also be described as: a feminist who can rock out, have fun, and doesn’t give a shit what anyone else says.

Rock Camp: an international rock -n- roll camp designed for girls wanting to be in bands or play instruments in a band.

SlutWalk: a worldwide grassroots movement challenging rape culture, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, & working to end sexual violence.

Women’s Health: refers to health issues specific to human female anatomy. These often relate to structures such as female genitalia and breasts or to conditions caused by horomones specific to, or most notable in, females. Women’s health issues include: menstruation, contraception, maternal health, child birth, menopause, and breast cancer.

Women’s Rights: are entitlements and freedoms claimed for women and girls of all ages in many societies. Issues commonly associated with women’s rights are: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to vote (suffrage); to hold public office; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to education; to serve in the military or be conscripted; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital, parental, and religious rights.

Women’s Studies: is an academic field which explores topics such as: politics, society and history from an intersectional, multicultural women’s perspective. It critiques and explores social norms of: gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social inequalities.

Womyn (or Wimmin): an alternative spelling to women, mainly by writers. Womyn (or wimmin) is an expression of female independence and a repudiation of traditions.

Zine (or fanzine or magazine): is a small circulation publication of texts and images. Zines cover a variety of topics such as: art/design, fanfiction, politics, ephemera, social theory, personal journals, single topic obesession, or sexual content.

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