Ableism: Discrimination based on disability.
Cisgender: Identifying as the gender you were assigned at birth (does not apply to intersex people).
Cisheteronormativity: The (incorrect) assumption that all people are heterosexual, heteroromantic, and cisgender until proven otherwise.
Classism: Discrimination based on class. Often comes hand in hand with racism.
Consciousness Raising: Consciousness raising is the backbone of and strategic tool for feminist movements. In its original form, women got together and shared their experiences of being oppressed in their domestic life, so that one woman’s story could be instructive to many others and contribute to the goals and organizations of the feminist movement in the 60s. However, in the context of this blog, consciousness raising includes everyone, men, women, and every other gender, because we believe that everyone, to varying extents, is subjected to sexist oppression, whether they are aware of it or not.
Feminism: the belief in and desire for political, social, and economic equality of all genders. Also, anti-sexism and anti-oppression.
Gender: While gender is often seen as a social construct, it is, at least for non-cisgender people, largely an internal experience. Everyone defines gender a little differently. It is not necessarily tied to one’s biology or genitalia, although many people’s internal experience of gender matches the genitalia-based gender assigned to them at birth.
Gender Roles: The socially constructed behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.
Intersex: Having been born with genitalia that does not conform to societal or medical expectations of “male” or “female,” often provided with corrective surgery in early life, almost always assigned male or female at birth.
Misogyny: hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women.
Nonbinary: Identifying as a gender other than male or female.
Race: A phenotypical trait most commonly identifiable by skin color. Not, as such, a genetic difference. A long-standing excuse for racism.
Racism: The institutionalized bigotry/discrimination of a person or group of people based on the color of their skin and/or national origin.
Romantic orientation: how a person identifies in regards to who/what genders they are romantically attracted to (or not attracted to).
Sex: Traditionally, refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women.
Sexist Oppression: Sexist Oppression DOES NOT only refer to women being oppressed by men; rather, it involves men and women being controlled and dominated by heteronormativity. Sexist oppression stands at the intersection of racism, classism, and many other forms of oppression, which are all the products of a capitalist, patriarchal system of domination.
Sexual orientation: how a person identifies in regards to who/what genders they are sexually attracted to (or not attracted to).
Transgender (Adj): Identifying as a gender other than the one assigned to you at birth.
Transphobia: Discrimination, hatred and/or fear of transgender and nonbinary people.