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Things You Cannot Do If You Are A Feminist

You Cannot:

  • tell women not to wear frilly dresses
  • tell men they can’t cry
  • tell women not to dress masculine
  • tell transwomen they are not real women
  • tell transmen they are not real men
  • tell women of color that you(a white woman) face the same amount of discrimination
  • tell a rape survivor it is there fault because of how they were dressed
  • tell lesbians that there problems are not as important as yours(everyones problems are important)
  • Exclude minorities from plans, meetings, rallies, anything

 

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How To: Be A Feminist

Want to learn how you too can be a feminist? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Believe that everyone should have equal rights.
  2. Get educated about the different types of discrimination.
  3. Try not to be discriminatory toward anyone.

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Congratulations you are a feminist! Go forth and continue learning and adapting to new information. Steps two and three are never over.

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Words You Should Know

It’s hard to keep up with which words are correct and which are not in style anymore, and I myself am no expert. So this list is a work in progress. It is not complete and it may be updated at times to account for new information.

Feminism:

the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

Humanism:

a variety of ethical theory and practice that emphasizes reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment in the natural world and often rejects the importance of belief in God.

Biological Sex:

Biological sex identifies a person as either female, male, or intersex. It is determined by a person’s sexual anatomy, chromosomes, and hormones. Biological sex is often simply referred to as “sex.”

Intersex:

Sometimes, a child is born with sex chromosomes that are different from the usual XX of the female or the XY of the male. The child may develop sex and/or reproductive organs that are ambiguous — not completely female and not completely male. Ambiguous sex organs can develop for other reasons, as well. These are called intersex conditions.

Gender Identity:

our deeply held, internal sense of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither; who we internally know ourselves to be

Cisgender:

term for someone who exclusively identifies as their sex assigned at birth. The term cisgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life.

Transgender:

encompassing term of many gender identities of those who do not identify or exclusively identify with their sex assigned at birth. The term transgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life.

Agender:

An umbrella term encompassing many different genders of people who commonly do not have a gender and/or have a gender that they describe as neutral.

Bigender:

Refers to those who identify as two genders.

Genderqueer:

An identity commonly used by people who do not identify or express their gender within the gender binary. Those who identify as genderqueer may identify as neither male nor female, may see themselves as outside of or in between the binary gender boxes, or may simply feel restricted by gender labels.

Gender Fluid:

noting or relating to a person whose gender identity or gender expression is not fixed and shifts over time or depending on the situation.

Gender Non-Conforming:

Asexual:

someone who does not experience sexual attraction

Bisexual:

noting or relating to a person who is romantically or sexually attracted to both men and women, or to people of various gender identities; ambisexual.

Demisexual:

a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone.

Gay:

Homosexuality is considered to be same-sex sexual attraction and behavior and “gay” is a synonym of homosexuality. Gay is a term that is not gender specific, so men or women can be termed “gay.”

Queer:

A term for people of marginalized gender identities and sexual orientations who are not cisgender and/or heterosexual. This term has a complicated history as a reclaimed slur.

Lesbian:

a female homosexual

Homosexual:

a person who is sexually attracted to members of the same sex

Pansexual:

Capable of being attracted to many/any gender(s).

Aromantic:

a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others.

Demiromantic:

only experiences romantic attraction after developing an emotional connection beforehand

Skoliosexual:

a potential sexual attraction to non-binary identified individuals. This does not generally describe an attraction to specific genitalia or birth assignments but rather is an inclusive term.

Polyamory:

is the non-possessive, honest, responsible and ethical
philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultaneously.

Muslim:

someone who follows or practices Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Muslims consider the Quran (Koran), their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. They also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad (sunnah ) as recorded in traditional accounts (hadith). “Muslim” is an Arabic word meaning “one who submits (to God)”.

Islam:

is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion which professes that there is only one and incomparable God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the last messenger of God. Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, and unique; and He has guided mankind through revealed scriptures, natural signs, and a line of prophets sealed by Muhammad. The primary scriptures of Islam are theQuran, viewed by Muslims as the verbatim word of God, and the teachings and normative example of Muhammad.

If you find a word on here that you either want to know more about or you think I have the wrong definition please message me and let me know! Also if you know of a word that I don’t have listed that you believe could be helpful for people to know message me and I will see about adding it.

Credit for each definition is in the linked word it corresponds too. I do not claim credit for the definitions. 

5 Phrases That Make You Sound Like An Asshole

I want to start by saying; it is okay to make

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mistakes. It really is. No one is born

knowing every socially correct word or

phrase for every aspect of life. We learn.

And words and phrases go in and out of

style. Sometimes in certain parts of the

world one thing is considered polite but

considered rude somewhere else. So yeah I

understand the frustration. Like I said ‘it is

okay to make mistakes.’ What isn’t okay is

to be an asshole. If you offend someone,

apologize, and do NOT say it again.

Phrase 1*: ‘You wear a hijab because you are oppressed.’

Wearing a hijab is a personal and religious choice. Part of feminism is letting everyone wear what they feel most comfortable in. This includes hijabs.

Phrase 2: ‘Trans girls have male privilege because they are born boys.’

Trans girls have a whole other level of oppression that we as cis girls will never have to face so show some compassion to your fellow woman.

Phrase 3: ‘You don’t really want to be a house wife; that’s just your husband not wanting you to have a career.’

Some women really enjoy staying home with their kids. Some women enjoy not having kids, only a career. Some women do both. All are valid.

Phrase 4: ‘Saving yourself for marriage is anti-feminist.’

Nope. Sexual preferences and when you have is a personal choice. Neither prude shaming nor slut shaming is okay.

Phrase 5: ‘If your girlfriend dresses masculine then you’re not really gay.’

The way people dress is their business. Who someone dates is also their business. So mind yours.

Once again, everyone makes mistakes. The difference between making a mistake and being an asshole is knowledge. You now know these phrases are wrong, so don’t use them and you are well on your way to not being an asshole:)

Feel free to share some phrases you’ve heard that should be avoided, below!

*These are in no particular order.