In lieu of a truly original FF post, which has typically meant a foray into feminist history, I’m going to share an August article from Beulah Devaney posted on Buzzfeed.
Devaney chose to enlighten the world on the meaning behind some of the most common feminist terminology by explaining ten contemporary feminist terms. They include: feminism, intersectionality, privilege, transmisogyny, cis/cisgender, radical feminism, TERF, SWERF, #NotAllMen, and Mansplaining. As applicable, Devaney makes sure to share true and verifiable resources for the words chosen, although some are not found in the dictionary at this point.
The full article is linked here: A Beginners Guide to Contemporary Feminist Language
If you’re feeling adventurous, you may want to scroll through some of the feedback comments. As usual there are a few “haters” present, as well as some rational responses.
Whether you identify as a feminist or not, how familiar are you with this list of terms?
I knew all but TERF and SWERF in this particular group, and I would venture to guess that there are others out there that I’m not cognizant of as well.
I do realize that radical feminism is an umbrella term housing varied factions or sub-groups. I found this clearly to be a thing during capstone research on rape myth attitude amelioration. In-fighting among feminists, in my opinion, was (is) a key component to the languishing work toward change. The term TERF, or trans exclusionary radical feminist, is disturbing. Who are these feminists that profess the non-existence of transgender individuals, or believe that they have the ability to disallow a trans individual to voice their affiliation with feminism?
Then there is the SWERF, or sex-worker exclusionary radical feminist. While I am not generalizing SWERF opinions to all radical feminists, I am again pissed off that a self-appointed group passing judgment under the guise of a movement I feel strongly about is adding fodder to those who seek to criticize feminists. Aren’t we supposed to be about stopping that crap. Unfortunately, I think that there will always be the extreme sub-groups lurking in the shadows of any recognized, and organized activist organization, being about the purpose to promote their own skewed agendas.
If you’d like, why not share some of your most liked, most misunderstood, or most unfamiliar feminist terminology in the comment section. I have no doubt that I’ll learn something new, and I hope you will as well.