Home | What is Feminism | Sex/Gender Construct | Types of Feminism | Contact
What is feminism, or even what feminisms are there? The various waves of feminism grew out of women's suffrage (the right to vote) and women's liberation movement (WLM).
"The advocacy of women's rights (political, economic, and social) on the grounds of the equality of the sexes."
As a more inclusive definition, rather than simply equality with men, "the sexes" help non-binary and some intersex people whose lives or bodies may exhibit characteristics that go beyond a simplistic sex binary.
Whilst gender is regarded as a construct by most feminists, some now regard a binary sex dimorphism as non-inclusive of the full range of sex diversity. Given that surgeons seek to conform intersex bodies to societal expectations of sexual dimorphism, it is clear that sex too, like gender, can be considered a construct and is in its own way an oppression.
There are dozens of feminisms, at least 3-4 waves of feminism, and both exclusionary and intersectional inclusive feminisms. Some religious or conservative feminisms may not include lesbian or queer women, some radical feminisms may not include trans women and/or inadvertently also exclude intersex people whose bodies or identities may not fit their narrow definition of what it is to be a woman.
* TERF, an abbreviation for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism, is considered a slur by those that espouse a biological essentialist view of the definition of woman that may exclude trans and/or intersex women
Download this table of types of feminism as a pdf
Email us for their full definitions
© 2015 www.genderagenda.net/feminism
4 Crown Point Drive, Private Rd,
Bixley, Norwich, NR14 8RR, UK
Tel: 0844 808 3699
Fax: 0870 131 3699
Mob: 07808 970429
Email | Facebook | Twitter