Feminist Vocabulary


  • Ableism: Ableism is a set of beliefs or practices that devalue and discriminate against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities and often rests on the assumption that disabled people need to be ‘fixed’ in one form or the other. (CDR)
  • Asexuality: folks who generally don’t experience sexual attraction


  • Bias: prejudice in favor of or against one thing
  • Binary: The notion of a dichotomy being the only option. The binary is often seen as the idea that female and male exist as opposite sides of the spectrum with no other options besides the two. 
  • Bisexuality: the quality or characteristic of being sexually attracted not exclusively to people of one particular gender.


  • Cisgender: “Cisgender” is the term for people who have no issue with the gender that they were assigned at birth” (Asher).
  • Class: Financial category someone is defined to be in. Financial caste system. 


  • Defamation: the action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel. Done by naming or identifying a person and claiming an action that can have impacts on their reputation.
  • Demisexual: Someone who generally does not experience sexual attraction unless they have formed a strong emotional, but not necessarily romantic, connection with someone (ABCS of LGBTQIA).
  • Discrimination: Unjust treatment of people based on their indetitys (I.e. sexuality, sex, age, race, gender, ability) 


  • F.A.A.B. : female-assigned at birth
  • Femininity: What society deems appropriate behaviour for a “woman” (Dr Zuleyka Zevallos).
  • Feminist: Someone who fight for the equal rights for all. 


  • Gay: (of a person) A person who likes same sex or gender. Usually used for men/enbys.
  • Gender: “It is a concept that describes how societies determine and manage sex categories; the cultural meanings attached to men and women’s roles; and how individuals understand their identities including, but not limited to, being a man, woman, transgender, intersex, gender queer and other gender positions” (Dr Zuleyka Zevallos)
  • Genderfluid: A term used by people whose identity shifts or fluctuates. Sometimes these individuals may identify or express themselves as more masculine on some days, and more feminine on others(ABCS of LGBTQIA).
  • Gendernonconforming, or G.N.C. : One who expresses gender outside traditional norms associated with masculinity or femininity(ABCS of LGBTQIA). 
  • Genderqueer: By either drawing on several gender positions or otherwise not identifying with any specific gender (nonbinary); or they may choose to move across genders (gender fluid); or they may reject gender categories altogether (agender)
  • Graysexual: Someone who occasionally experiences sexual attraction but usually does not; it covers a kind of gray space between asexuality and sexual identity(ABCS of LGBTQIA).


  • Heteronormativity: The expectation that heterosexuality is “natural” and therefore needs no explanation.
  • Heterosexuality: (of a person) Sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex only.


  • Intersex: A term for someone born with biological sex characteristics that aren’t traditionally associated with male or female bodies (ABCS of LGBTQIA)..
  • Intersexuality: Describes variations on sex definitions related to ambiguous genitalia, gonads, sex organs, chromosomes or hormones (Dr Zuleyka Zevallos).
  • Intersectionality: A theoretical framework which analyzes the aspects of a person’s social and political identities and how they combine to create unique modes of discrimination and/or privilege.
  • Implicit Bias:  refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner 


  • Lesbian: (of a person) Who likes same sex. Usually used for women/womxn/enbys.
  • LGBTQIA+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual 


  • M.A.A.B. : Male-assigned at birth.
  • Masculinity: What society deems appropriate behaviour for a “man” (Dr Zuleyka Zevallos).
  • Mental Health: Regarding a person’s emotional and psychological well being.
  • Monogamy: The practice or state of romantically or sexually being with one person at a time. 


  • Nonbinary: A person who identifies as neither male nor female and sees themselves outside the gender binary. This is sometimes shortened to N.B. or enby (ABCS of LGBTQIA)


  • Oppression: Cruel or unjust treatment or control that can be systemic. 


  • Pansexual: Someone who is attracted to people of all gender identities. Or someone who is attracted to a person’s qualities regardless of their gender identity(ABCS of LGBTQIA).
  • Polyamory: The practice of engaging in multiple ethical relationships with the consent of all the people involved.
  • Privilege: Having special rights, advantages, or immunity granted due to systemic laws, rules, or institutions that benefit you. Having privilege does not mean that your life is not hard, it means that you systemically benefit from somethings that people of different identities (i.e. races, origins, status, abi/disabilities) don’t benefit from.
  • Pronouns: A word that can function by itself as a noun phrase and that refers either to the participants in the discourse (e.g., I, you ) or to someone or something mentioned elsewhere in the discourse (e.g., she, him, theirs, they).


  • Queer: A reclaimed word by LGBTQIA+ folks to describe being part of the LGBTQIA+ community. 
  • Questioning: Experiencing curiosity or question if you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community.


  • Race: Social construct created to identify a group or individual by their phenotypic characteristics 


  • Self Identification: The ability to identify how you wish. This is not only a subject trans or enby folk encounter. We all must chose to align or not align with our assigned-at-birth genders or sex.
  • Sex: Is a way of attaching social constructus to bodies within the binary. “Sex is based on the fallacious idea that multiple sex characteristics are immutable and must always go together, when in fact many of them can be changed, many erased, and many appear independently in different combinations”(Asher).
    • Can also be: The act of intercourse whether penetrative or not. 
  • Sexuality: Describes sexual identity, attraction, and experiences which may or may not align with sex and gender. This includes but is not limited to heterosexuality, homosexuality (gay or lesbian), bisexuality, queer and so on (Dr Zuleyka Zevallos).   
  • Sex roles: Dscribes the tasks and functions perceived to be ideally suited to masculinity versus femininity ((Dr Zuleyka Zevallos).


  • Trans: Folks who do not align with their assigned sex.


  • U.A.A.B.: Unassigned at birth