Glossary of Terms
Ableism: discrimination in favor of abled/able-bodied people
Abled/enabled person: Someone who is not disabled at all by society. Some folks use “able bodied” instead. Generally inclusive of these: hearing, sighted, ambulatory, neurotypical, allistic (non autistic), able bodied and able minded.
Agender: a term that describes people who are without gender. (Some other terms that may or may not be used as synonyms are genderless, gender neutral, non-binary etc.) Whether DFAB or DMAB (Designated female/male at birth), someone can still identify as agender.
Aromantic: a person who does not experience romantic attraction
Audism: Oppression of Deaf folks, related to Deaf culture. This is separate from the Disability intersection experienced by Deaf folks.
Asexual: a person who does not experience sexual attraction
Biantagonism*: hatred or dislike of bisexual folx
Cis/cisgender: people who, for the most part, identify with the sex they were assigned at birth
Cissexism: assumptions or erasure of trans folx
Classism: Oppression of poor people.
Concern Trolling: someone posing as an ally, who feigns concern for individual/collective behaviors, and thinks they know what’s best
Content Note (CN): used to denote any explicit content that may follow
Cultural Appropriation: taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artifacts from someone else’s culture without permission. This can include unauthorized use of another culture’s dance, dress, music, language, folklore, cuisine, traditional medicine, religious symbols, etc. It’s most likely to be harmful when the source community is a minority group that has been oppressed or exploited in other ways or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive, e.g. sacred objects. (via: http://racerelations.about.com/od/diversitymatters/fl/What-Is-Cultural-Appropriation-and-Why-Is-It-Wrong.htm)
Derailing: posting a comment on a thread that is off-topic from the original post
Disability (social model of disability): An experience that various folks with impairments often have: the loss or limitation of opportunities to take part in society on an equal level with others due to social and environmental barriers. Note: Impairments can often be experienced as disabilities so some folks with disabilities may use disability to also mean impairment. Source – PDF warning: http://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/files/library/Northern-Officers-Group-defining-impairment-and-disability.pdf
Disabled (social model of disability): The way that having a disability affects some people with impairments – they are disabled by society. Also an identity and/or cultural term that some folx with disabilities use to refer to themselves and/or their community.
Fatantagonism: hatred or dislike of fat folx
Folx: a gender neutral form of “folk(s)”, because when translated, “folk(s)” can end up only including those within the gender binary.
Gaslighting: a form of psychological abuse wherein the perpetrator makes the victim belief that they are imagining things, when in fact the perpetrator is manipulating the situation to gain control. This occurs frequently to marginalized folx who are told that they are just “imagining” their oppression. (also see victim blaming)
GRSM: Gender, Romantic, or Sexual Minority. NOTE: This term is not preferred, as it has been deemed problematic.
Heteronormativity: the set of power relations that normalize and regiment sexuality, marginalizing everything outside of the ideals of heterosexuality, monogamy, and gender conformity
Heterosexism/Heterosexual Privilege: the assumption that people are heterosexual, or the attitude that people should be heterosexual, because heterosexuality is the only valid sexual orientation. It often takes the form of ignoring bisexuals, gay men, and lesbians. Heterosexual privilege refers to the benefits granted automatically to heterosexual people that are denied to bisexuals, gay men, and lesbians
Homoantagonism*: hatred or dislike of gay folk
Impairment (social model of disability): an injury, illness, or congenital condition that causes or is likely to cause a loss or difference of physiological or psychological function. Source – PDF warning: http://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/files/library/Northern-Officers-Group-defining-impairment-and-disability.pdf
Intersex: a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of gender
Islamantagonism*: a form of discrimination, hatred, dislike and oppression on the basis of being Muslim
Mansplaining: men attempting to “teach” women about something; often related to women’s issues
Mentalism/Sanism: a form of discrimination and oppression because of a mental trait or condition a person has, or is judged to have
Misogynoir: hatred of or prejudice against black women
MoC: Masculine of Center: a term coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project, that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbians and queer folks who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as: butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculin, etc.
MOGAI: Marginalized Orientations, Gender identities, And Intersex.
Monosexism: used to refer to beliefs, structures, and actions that promote monosexuality (either exclusive heterosexuality or homosexuality) as the only legitimate or right sexual orientation, excluding bisexual or other non-monosexual orientations
MRA: Men’s Rights Activist
Neurodiversity: the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome (via: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-life-aspergers/201310/what-is-neurodiversity)
Non-binary gender: gender identification that is surpasses the binary of male/female. Sometimes may also identify as agender.
PoC: People of Color
Queer: traditionally a pejorative terms, queer has been reclaimed by some LGBT folk to describe themselves. Some value the term for its defiance and because it can be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. Nevertheless, it is not universally accepted even within the LGBT community and should be avoided unless quoting someone who self-identifies that way
QPoC: Queer Person/People of Color
Respectability Politics: originated as cultural, sexual, domestic, employment and artistic “guidelines” or “rules” for racially marginalized groups to follow in the effort to be viewed as “human” in a White supremacist society and by individual Whites. The politics of respectability implies that recognition of Black humanity has to be “earned” by Black people by engaging in puritanical behavior as approved by White supremacy…behaviors that Whites themselves don’t have to engage in to “prove” humanity because of White privilege; they’re always viewed as “the default human.” (via http://www.gradientlair.com/post/62640967706/dear-can-you-help-me-a-bit-im-trying-to-find-your) Applicable to all other marginalized groups as well.
Sex-Shaming (f.k.a. “slut-shaming”): shaming someone because of their sexual behaviors/desires
SWERF: Sex Worker exclusionary Radical Feminist
TERF: Trans exclusionary Radical Feminist
Tone-Policing: focusing and critiquing on how something is said, ignoring whether or not it’s true
Trans/transgender: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sociocultural expectations of the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may or may not want to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically.
Transmisogyny: hatred of trans women
Transantagonism*: hatred or dislike of trans folk; active hostility
Trigger Warnings: a trigger warning does not promise to protect readers of potentially triggering material, but provide them with the opportunity to decide whether they need to protect themselves. We provide trigger warnings because they give survivors of various stripes the option to assess whether they’re in a state of mind to deal with triggering material before they stumble across it (viahttp://www.shakesville.com)
Victim-Blaming: when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them
Whitesplaining: The paternalistic lecture given by Whites toward a person of color defining what should and shouldn’t be considered racist, while obliviously exhibiting their own racism (via: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=White-%27splaining)
WoC: Woman of Color
* = we use “-antagonism” because “phobia” suggests a person’s dislike or hatred of these folk to be a legitimate mental illness, when we do not believe it is. It is pure hatred and bigotry.
(some of these definitions are from: AVEN, brown boi project, and the san fran human rights commission’s bi invisibility report)