Femme Feed | Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. One can easily feel left out of dinner conversation in the height of a movement called Third-Wave Feminism. Multi-dashed terms being thrown around like a supper rolls, and opinions spat out as quick as a mouth-full of bad pinot. We don’t want you to feel like you’ve showed up late and empty handed, so we’ve gathered together a glossary of terms you’re going to want to know in order to make it through this current cultural climate.

Ambivalent Sexism: this is a tricky term because it quite literally means both the hostile and positive treatment of women resulting in a bias. For example sexism isn’t just having negative feelings towards women, it is based in treatment of women, even putting women on a overly positive pedestal which creates a form of inequality. This type of sexism can be dealt out by men, but also by women towards themselves and other females.

Androcentric: a mindset that is slanted towards the male point of view. For example: feminists are fighting against an androcentric society.

Antifeminism: is the opposition to any feminist, or women’s movement. See MGTOW.

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Cis: short for cisgender this term relates to those who identify with the sex they were assigned to at birth. It is a term often used by the LGBT community, and intersectional feminists as an individual who may identify with their birth-given gender but may not fulfill cultural stereotypes of said gender.

Complementarianism: the idea that women and men hold complimentary roles to each other. In history this excludes women from many roles that are traditionally “male”.

Fat Shaming: the public shaming of an individual for their body size or weight.

Female Martyrdom: this is the concept of self-sacrifice by women for their beliefs in the feminist movement. This term has a lot of confusion and backlash as it is believed to have added to the justification of oppression of women in society.

Internalized Misogyny: a subconscious form of sexism that women hold within themselves due to the over use of sexism in our culture. For example girls truly believing they can’t be good at sports because it’s not for girls.

Intersectional Feminism: coined by American civil rights advocate and feminist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw this term refers to a movement that must call out privilege in our efforts and be inclusive of gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, etc. For example a white woman’s feminism must be understanding, and active to the oppression of her fellow women regardless of their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in order for it to be progressive feminism.

The Modesty Movement: according to the blog themodestymovement10.blogspot.com the movement “wants women to understand that they can be beautiful, mysterious, and sexy without showing a lot of skin. Reclaim the power of your femininity.” We see its rise from many conservative fashion bloggers across social media from Muslim bloggers, to Orthodox Jewish bloggers, to just women who choose this is their message. It’s had a trickle up effect that has shifted runway styles at houses like Dolce & Gabbana. It’s argued that this sells the idea that what you wear translates to how you are treated by the opposite sex.

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Lipstick Feminism: this is a vertical of Third Wave Feminism that reinforces the ability for women to identify as feminists while upholding their ‘girly’ side. It’s the vein of thinking that one can still fight for an equal movement and simultaneously love a good makeup tutorial.

Raunch Culture: Collins Dictionary defines the term as: “a culture which promotes overtly sexual representation of women, as through the acceptance of pornography, stripping, nudity in advertising, etc, especially when this is encouraged by women.” Raunch culture is a culture in which women are sexually objectified by the opposite sex and each other in media, advertising, and beyond. It claims that this culture has mystified our morals so that young women compete to be the sexiest.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

Mansplaining: the term refers to a condescending manner in which a man might explain something to a woman. An explanation often relayed in a patronizing and demeaning manner backing up a misogynistic, and prejudice against female knowledge.

Manterupting: the term refers to a male’s behavior to frequently interrupt a female counterpart while she speaks. This gender issue has been argued as being pseudo-science for being a cultural phenomena used by both males and females instead of a scientific gender bias.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

MGTOW: also known as Men Going Their Own Way, this is a direct counter movement to the women’s movement that, in the organizations own words, “is a statement of self-ownership, where the modern man preserves and protects his own sovereignty…” This movement stands for men pushing back against what they feel a women’s culture has made of them. Among many things, they hold the belief that relationships with the opposite sex should be on their terms and based in sexual engagement only. They believe in “survival and mating” but not “marriage and children”. In clearest terms MGTOW holds the belief that the women’s movement represents manipulation of the opposite sex. In a MGTOW manifesto on Reddit one can find quotes like this: “Society has lied to us in ways that have been detrimental, without regard to our freedom of thought, or freedom of actions. For the sake of preservation of ourselves, we will not try and win a rigged game, try and change the game, or make it so that we are the ones who are rigging it. We are done with lies, and we are done with the games that people play. We get up, and we leave.” and also this: “I’m tired of dealing with selfish, stuck-up women. Even fat hippos think they are entitled to some super hot, successful hunk. And dating is bullshit! They expect you to pay for everything and get nothing in return.” But all that’s for another article in itself…

The Male Gaze: refers to the portrayal of women by men first in art and literature, and now modernly in media and advertising. It is often sexualized and objectified due to the heterosexual view. This goes hand in hand with the concept of “The Gaze” which is how individuals view the subject presented.

Misandry: the hatred of men.

Misogyny: the hatred of women.

Non-Binary: non-binary refers to an individual who does not identify with a single gender. They can feel that they blur the lines between what the stereotype of each gender is defined as. They can be both multi-gendered or feel neutral-gendered — not really identifying with either.

Post-Feminism: Post-feminism of 4th Wave Feminism is a muddied term in history but is most commonly known has a backlash against feminism. It is a movement that supports a non-gendered culture. Some supporters of Postfeminism believe we have already achieved the equality needed through first and second wave feminism, and that third-wave feminism is obsolete.

Post-Structuralist Feminists: stems from the theory of Post-Structuralism. Post-structural feminism goes hand in hand with intersectional feminism in its belief that it’s not as simple as women and men, there are many other elements at play in searching for equality. All of them must be identified in order to succeed.

Queer Theory: Queer Theory was an extension of the post-structuralist theory from the 90s’. It pushes back against the privilege that comes with being heterosexual, and studies the equality of all sexual orientations. In 1998 Professor Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick was quoted in The New York Times as “It’s about trying to understand different kinds of sexual desire and how the culture defines them.”

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. Slut Shaming: the public shaming of an individual (usually female) for their sexual behavior.

Third-Wave Feminism: third wave feminism is the most modern string of the feminist movement. Birthing around the 1990s’ from the work of the first, and second waves. Third wave represents equality for race, social class, transgender rights, and creating a safe, equal environment for all. As a feminist one must be aware, and represent all aspects of women’s issues not just the ones that effect them. See Intersectional Feminism.

Toxic Masculinity: a social ideology that believes a stereotypical format of masculinity including machoism, violent tendencies, predatory.

Tumblr Feminism: originally used as a term to shame feminism, but soon adopted by the movement itself, this Millennial feminism school of thought was born on the scrolls of the site Tumblr. It represents a specific group of young feminists who choose to use the platform to share beliefs and art that can’t find a home on any other social outlet due to their strict code of conducts on content (specifically nudity). Tumblr feminism is often identified as overtly sexual, satirical content and sending the message that we as women will portray ourselves — and our sexuality — on our own terms.

Victim Feminism: cictim feminism is defined as women who do not take their movement, or actions into their own hands. They can be seen as a women’s group who chooses to feel victim in the shadow of male power, instead of working towards a common ground together. This can be seen in feminists throwing blame towards their male counterparts instead of engaging them in the movement for equality.

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How Never Falling In Love Showed One Writer Her Most Important Relationship.

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How Never Falling In Love Showed One Writer Her Most Important Relationship. I have seized an abundance of noteworthy experiences; traveled to many different countries, built lasting relationships with people from all over the world, and can truthfully say I’ve created a life I’m proud of and excited for. Though I can’t say falling in love has ever been on this list of treasures. When people talk of romance I know only so much, and I suppose it’s true one will never know an intimate sort of love until it’s felt. There have been many wonderful men who have walked into my life, many men who have thrilled me, even courted me, and have ultimately contributed to the ways in which I have grown and matured over the last 10 years. Though none whose names have been etched in my memory bank. I have been single for nearly nine years now.

When I let a detail like that slip, often times people look at me wide eyed. It’s not normal per say. Im 23. Certainly, I should’ve had a high school sweetheart, even a serious boyfriend through college, or even a more serious relationship after college. But no, it never quite happened that way. I come from a family of intellectuals, my brothers and I grew up discussing politics at the dinner table. We learned how to articulate what we felt and never to be ashamed of speaking our truth. I grew up with parents who encouraged me to think intellectually, they listened to my thoughts intently, and have further challenged those beliefs my entire life. It would make sense that I would desire a similar connection in my adult relationships. My hunger for deep and meaningful relationships is what propels everything I stand for. And because of this, I thrive and I also suffer.

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I have watched my best friends develop fulfilling relationships with men who adore them. I have counseled them, cried with them, rejoiced with them. There have been moments where I’ve wrestled with my own bitterness, days where I would’ve given anything just to feel what they felt, just to feel loved by a man who truly knew me. Part of me wonders if I’m missing the boat, if I’m gambling on a love that will never come. Have I set the bar too high? Have I shut out possibilities of significant relationships out of fear that they never could be? Though I can think of nothing more suffocating than being bound to a lukewarm relationship. I hold no grudges, no remorse, nor guilt; but I have no love songs to commemorate my name, and no lasting relationships to speak wistfully of.       

So, this is where my advice to you begins; nine years of the most fulfilling relationship I’ve ever had: the one with myself. How does one cope with solitude? Whether you’ve been single for many years, or just now exiting an existing relationship, there are many ways to brave the world of aloneness. It starts with one’s own natural disposition. You have to come from a place of love. I see it again and again; women who are afraid of being alone. Though how can anyone blame them when we live in a society that says singleness correlates with insufficiency? This is simply not true. On the contrary, singleness… can be one of the most extraordinary times of your life.

There is security in companionship. Humans have an unceasing thirst for intimacy; we look for connection in all areas of our lives, and we seek out those who we feel can fulfill those desires. So when romantic companionship is missing, we can feel empty, like something truly significant is ceasing to exist. Instead of pushing these feelings away, sit with them. You can have a longing in your heart, and still find a way to be satisfied and fulfilled in your life. There is no shame in wanting a partner, in seeking a life that has all the essential components connecting. The problem arises when you forgo possibilities in your present, when there is a fixation on something that isn’t there. I’ve learned to practice the art of contentment, but this is something you have to actively pursue. If we look close enough, we can see there are ways to feel content in solitude.

Singleness is a time that allows for growth and self-discovery apart from inhibition. I know myself in a way that is so intimately, and beautifully untouchable by anyone else. I’ve used this time of aloneness to wrestle with my deepest insecurities, vulnerabilities, and sorrow. Yet in these dark moments of truth, I’ve also seen parts of myself that are covered in goodness and in  grace. Over these last 9 years I have actively made the time to know myself; fully and unfiltered. Deep down I have known it couldn’t have been done with a partner. No, the edge have self discovery had to be done in only the company of myself.

I’ve learned that not only am I capable, I’m strong. I’ve learned how to care for myself in a way that’s holistically loving and nurturing. I’ve learned how to cheer myself up, and make room for healthy criticism where needed. Of course, there are days where I miss a man I’ve never known, where I desire the deep intimacy of a romantic relationship. Though I have found companionship in many corners of my life: in my love of writing, in my thirst for fellowship, in passion for my blog, in my excitement for travel; all these give me such joy and ask of me so much. I give myself to these passions and they love me back in a way that is endlessly fulfilling and produce such happiness and exhilaration. When I look at my life, when I step back and look down, I know I have been loved deeply through all of these.

There is a quote by Matt Kahn I’ve always liked. It goes like this, “Despite how open, peaceful, and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you, as deeply as they’ve met themselves.” This is an invitation to heartily knowing oneself. My wish for you is an endless walk of self-love and discovery. May you sit quietly with yourself in moments of sorrow and in joy. Be truthful, ask questions, dig deeper. Whether you find yourself alone, or in relationship this season, make room for your own company. Just as we love and get to know others, you, yourself is asking of only the same. Meet yourself deeply.

This article was sent to us by the beautiful soul Anna Vatuone, find more of her writing here.

 

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Meet The Leader of The Women’s Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue*

Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.Recent events in America have left a layer of shock over many communities, but have you ever seen those flowers that grow through the cracks of cement? This spring t’s not just one lone bloom to be found pushing through a material that resonates as life halting, but a garden. At least that’s how we see the beauty of the feminist, and intersectional movement that have emerged from grieving — more inclusive and reinforced as ever.
We feel the need to grab hold of the hands of our sisters, and there is one woman who is leading by example through a fresh new platform that promotes togetherness, and community — Her Society was founded by Lindsay Van Cantfort in the wake of the election and the mass welcoming it received online alone is a sign that we are ready. We’ve been waiting.
Shop Vérité collaborated with Lindsay and photographer Hannah Hazel to create a compelling visual story to accompany our interview.
Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.VÉRITÉ: You finally felt it was time to start a movement, a movement called Her Society, can you tell us about what the catalyst was, and what Her Society stands for?
 
LINDSAY VAN CANTFORT: For years now I have been wrestling with how to bring all the remarkable women in my life together, together in a way they could create something more powerful then ourselves. As fate would have it. BOOM. A Trump presidency and a voice in my head saying “This is different, I feel different about this country and my gender.”  Women need a place to educate themselves, to not feel alone in the fight and to see that female togetherness is something we all crave. Her Society offers that, beauty wrapped strength. It was born from truth & lives in us.
V: What does being a woman mean to you?
LVC: Strength, grace and grit.
V: I had decided that my New Years resolution was to get offline and start an in-person community, and you are doing both! What do you think about creating a community can spawn change?

LVC: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”— Simone de Beauvoir. I believe everything we are is the result of our choices, as we build ourselves out of our own resources and those which society gives us. We don’t only create our own values, we create ourselves. I simply want to give women the tools to create their own belief system, based on truth, honesty and female relationships.

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V: How do you hope Her Society can impact the causes you strive to partner with?
LVC: Awareness, Awareness, Awareness!  With that said, one thing that was very
important to me was keeping a diverse way to interact with the causes. Not everyone can donate…then write a postcard. Not everyone can go to a rally… then call. I want people to feel they can stay involved in a number of ways.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.
 V: Do you have a moment you can pin point where you saw pure female strength that inspired you?
LVC: Two stick out. One, Jane was my first memory, my mother. She is totally badass. She demanded equality, she insisted on being viewed as smart and beautiful and only in that order. She reads more books than any person I have ever met. She was my first friend and my earliest example of gut wrenching female power, the good the bad and the ugly parts of battling back against social norms. Second, would be the women I lived with in Tanzania. I have never in my life seen more raw determination, honestly, strength or female intuition.   My mother shaped my mind, those women shaped my soul.
 
V: Social media is such an amazing platform to use for good, as an entrepreneur how do you want to use your voice and your social platform to spread your message?
LVC: Keeping it inclusive, remaining bold and not be afraid to push the envelope especially when we are talking about womanism and feminism, breast, sexuality, sensuality…these are not curse words and I love exposing people to something they might not necessarily seek out, it helps the much need conversation about this new wave of female-ism.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.
V: What would you say to other women who want to get involved, and want to speak up but may feel they don’t have a voice?
LVC: Just start and ask questions, we need you, you are not alone but amongst friends. The mantra I always say is ” If your eight year old self met you, would they be proud?” that is what gets my ass out of bed and participating in the movement.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.V: Three books that changed your life?
V: What stigmas about the women’s movement would you like to change?
LVC: I wish woman could be more honest and vulnerable with other woman. I often feel that woman hide behind society norms and don’t convey their real thoughts and views. I hope the women’s movement can start on the ground floor of change, with real connections and relationships based on respect, and then get to work.
V: If you could take an uber pool with one person, get stuck in NY traffic, and rack their brain on a whim who would it be?
LVC: Malala Yousafzai, she would teach me more than my little cold heart could muster about life & what living means.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.

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