Feminism 101: The Go-To Dictionary for All Your Feminist References

Inspired by a recent piece by Alia E. Dastagir in USA Today, we wanted to help make it easier to define feminist word.

Because the reality is, while there are many people confused by the word "feminism," it's really much simpler to define than they may think. The definition according to Dictionary.com?:

feminism (n):
the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

In other words, feminism is the equality of the sexes. In all its forms. But there are a ton of other words that come along with it.

Here are some other common words you'll hear that fall under the umbrella of feminism (as defined by Dictionary.com):

equality (n):
the state or quality of being equal (equal (adj): the same as)

Equal Rights Amendment (ERA):
A twice-proposed but never ratified amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit denial or abridgement of rights on the basis of sex. First proposed in 1923, the amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 but failed ratification by the requisite number of states. It was a major rallying point of the women's movement

intersectionality (n):
the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual

LGBTQ (adj):
relating to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers (and/or those questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation) [sometimes seen as LGBTQIA+, to include intersex, asexual, and all]

mansplain (v):
to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner

matriarchy (n):
a family, society, community, or state governed by women

misogyny (n):
hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women

objectify (v):
to present as an object, especially of sight, touch, or other physical sense; make objective; externalize

patriarchy (n):
a social system in which power is held by men, through cultural norms and customs that favor men and withhold opportunity from women

sexism (n):
discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex or gender, as in restricted job opportunities, especially such discrimination directed against women

Title IX (n):
a clause in the 1972 Education Act stating that no one shall because of sex be denied the benefits of any educational program of activity that receives direct federal aid

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