Glossary

A Glossary of Gender Rights Terms

(with necessary internet, political, social, economical, general human-, gay-, racial-, and transgender-rights baggage)

Hover over a link and an explanation will pop up. Words that have multiple senses may appear more than once.

Suggestions and corrections: leave your suggestions in comments and they shall be attributed to you, using the link in your name, or if you’re forwarding someone else’s term, the link in your comment explaining such. Unattributed entries are terms I’ve picked up as on the ether.

Here are some short writing guidelines if you want to suggest something: please use (gender-)neutral language, refer to the reader or a generalised subject as “you”, feel free to assume partner word as appropriate for adjectives and adverbs, and keep it as short and simple as possible.

Please feel free to correct attribution or suggest that I’m misusing a term. A cohesive and collaborative dialogue on gender rights is part of the reason that so much progress has been made so far.

B

bidirectional

C

classist
consent
convergence
counter-privilege – derived from feminist terms.

D

discrimination
dogwhistle

E

exclusivity

F

female patriarchy
female patriarchist.
free (as in beer)
free (as in country)
free (as in speech)

G

gender essentialism
genderqueer
gender rights

H

hegemony
hegemonistic norms
heteronormativity

I

informed
intersex

L

liberated
linksplain – original.

M

misandry
misogyny
monogamy

N

normative

O

(The) Other – philosophical term
overflow – original.
own the context – as far as I know, from the esteemable Melissa McEwan.

P

patriarchist
patriarchy1
philosophy (as in belief)1
polygamy
pluralistic
polyamory
privilege

S

sexist privilege – derived from feminist terms.
sexual agency – derived from philosophical terms.
sexual agent – derived from philosophical terms.
social norms
systematic
STI/STD
systematic discrimination

T

taboo
transgender

1This term may have an alternative meaning outside the context of gender rights that isn’t relevant to what I discuss on this blog.

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