clarifying-concepts

Call for Feminism 101 Links V

Call for Feminism 101 Links V

Drop your favourite introductory/clarifying-concept/debunking-factoids feminist posts here! Recent links ideally, but older links that you just keep on sharing are also welcome. Shameless self-promotion is totally OK.

Call for Feminism 101 Links IV

Call for Feminism 101 Links IV

Please share your favourite links which do a great job explaining/clarifying basic feminist concepts or debunking anti-feminist myths/factoids. Recent links ideally, but older links that you just keep on sharing are good too.

Call for Feminism 101 Links III

Call for Feminism 101 Links III

Drop links you tend to share widely because they do a great job explaining/clarifying basic feminist concepts or debunking anti-feminist myths/factoids. Shameless self-promotion by feminist bloggers is encouraged. In particular, if you know of a post that would fit into the Further Reading section on any of the FAQs, please please please drop a link with that recommendation – I want to keep the related links fresh.

Feminism Friday: Sexism, Misogyny and Dictionaries

Feminism Friday: Sexism, Misogyny and Dictionaries

There is a common misconception of how dictionaries come to be written: lexicographers record meanings as they change, and if there is a widely used meaning currently missing from a dictionary’s pages then it is a weakness of the dictionary rather than of the language

Call for Feminism 101 Links II

Call for Feminism 101 Links II

Drop links you tend to share widely because they do a great job explaining/clarifying basic feminist concepts or debunking anti-feminist myths/factoids. If a relevant link happens to be one of your own writings, then by all means shamelessly self-promote it! In particular, if you know of a post that would fit into the Further Reading section on any of the FAQs, please please please drop a link with that recommendation – I want to keep the related links fresh.

Call for Feminism 101 Links I

Call for Feminism 101 Links I

I’ve decided to begin a new feature whereby interested readers can drop links they tend to share widely because they do a great job explaining/clarifying basic feminist concepts or debunking anti-feminist myths/factoids.

FAQ: What is “slut-shaming”?

Short answer: Slut-shaming, also known as slut-bashing, is the idea of shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings. Furthermore, it’s “about the implication that if a woman has sex that traditional society disapproves of, she should feel […]

FAQ: vagina vs vulva and public “faces of feminism”

Q: A celebrity feminist said something about the incorrect usage of vagina vs vulva and I want you to explain every nuance of her thoughts to me and why feminism thinks that way.

A: “Feminism” doesn’t necessarily think that way just because that celebrity feminist does.
Possibly there is controversy about her opinion.
Possibly her opinion is highly unpopular.
Also, just a thought, possibly she didn’t actually say quite what you think she said?

FAQ: Rape Culture 101

But my correspondents—whether they are dewy noobs just coming to feminism, advanced feminists looking for a source, or disbelievers in the existence of the rape culture—always seem to be looking for something more comprehensive and less abstract: What is the rape culture? What are its borders? What does it look like and sound like and feel like?

It is not a definition for which they’re looking; not really. It’s a description. It’s something substantive enough to reach out and touch, in all its ugly, heaving, menacing grotesquery.

How is asking the question “Why are there no fat elves in Dungeons and Dragons?” offensive to feminists?

It’s the idea that women’s attractiveness has any sort of inherent value or importance. Beauty as a value is a product of and a contributor to objectification. It doesn’t matter whether you say “thin women are beautiful” or “fat women are beautiful”, you’re still valuing them based on appearance.

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