Feminist ABCs

If you are new in a feminist group, it can be quite overwhelming. When you are surrounded by people who have several Gender Studies degrees, you can feel like you miss some background. We want to share knowledge. As so many great articles have already been written, we did not want te reinvent the wheel. So we don’t rewrite all great existing material, but try to share some great pieces instead.

At this page you can find some good articles to educate yourself. This list is in no way complete or final, but can be a good start to learn a bit more.

If you have any suggestions on good articles or if you are missing an important topic, please let us know!

So you want to be a feminist?
Before going on and reading all articles below, a nice starting point is this article about being an intersectional feminist: https://crossknit.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/so-you-wanna-be-an-intersectional-feminist/ 

Why ableist language matters http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/11/ableist-language-matters/

Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ableism

Ableist privilege http://disabledfeminists.com/2009/11/20/disability-101-what-is-able-bodied-or-abled-privilege/

Learn about abortion through the work of Women on Waves, an organisation that strives for legal and safe abortion all over the world. There is a film about this organisation, called Vessel.

Alternatives to monogamy
1. http://youtu.be/nS9hYrCa6_M This short video has a lot of information but it’s a brilliant introduction to the concept of polyamory/non-monogamy as well as pointing out some common misconceptions.
2. http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/09/non-monogamy-options/ This comic challenges the stereotype of a poly-relationship being ‘heterosexual couple who occasionally have sex with other people’.
3. http://www.vice.com/read/i-grew-up-in-a-polyamorous-household-528 As the title suggests, this article is about the author’s experience growing up with polyamorous parents.

Anarchism and feminism
A nice and accessible anarchist manifesto is: http://www.tangledwilderness.org/life-without-law/ It is a bit long, but well structured with different themes, so you’re welcome to cherry-pick!

An short but comprehensive article on anarcha-feminism: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/ruby-flick-anarcha-feminism

A good introduction to intersectional anarchism is the following article (from an anarchistic point of view) http://www.wsm.ie/c/insurrections-intersections-feminism-intersectionality-and-anarchism

Being an Ally
How to be an Ally in your LGBT-Community http://image.slidesharecdn.com/f039f920-c1b1-4847-8671-504f68b62fd1-151024021210-lva1-app6891/95/ally-toolkit-8-638.jpg?cb=1445652915

Colour blindness (and why it is wrong)
The colour blindness doctrine rests on the idea that we no longer see colour, just people. This denies the oppression of PoC (People of Colour). Read more in this article. http://linkis.com/mediadiversified.org/kK6Wq

Humour and Feminism
Feminist Killjoys (And Other Willful Subjects), Sara Ahmed http://sfonline.barnard.edu/polyphonic/ahmed_01.htm

Killing Joy: Feminism and the History of Happiness, Sara Ahmed http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/648513?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Laura Bates from the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2013/nov/22/feminists-humour-sexism-laugh-tweet-misogyny

Laughing against Patriarchy: Humor, Silence, and Feminist Resistance, Amy Billingsley http://pages.uoregon.edu/uophil/files/Philosophy_Matters_Submission_Marvin_Billingsley.pdf

Guerrilla Girls http://www.guerrillagirls.com/#open

Introducing myself, Ursula Le Guin http://www.scholarsonline.org/~godsflunky/LeGuin_Intr_myself.pdf

Wisecrackzine http://wisecrackzine.blogspot.dk/2009/04/what-is-feminist-humor-anyway_27.html

the kyriarchy is the social system that keeps all intersecting oppressions in place. http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/04/kyriarchy-101/

Speech by Kimberle Crenshaw (p.7-11) on intersectionality and being an ally http://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/pdf/intersectionality_primer.pdf

On Intersectionality Feminism and Pizza (4:05) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgK3NFvGp58

Islam Feminism / Islamophobia
Fatema Mernissi “ Sexual inequality is a prominent feature of both Western and Islamic societies, but underlying concepts of female sexuality in Christian and Muslim traditions are very different, and the pattern of heterosexual relation in Muslim countries is probably unique.” http://www.mernissi.net/books/books/beyond_the_veil.html

Definition and history of the term http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/mansplaining-definition-history

Media representation (of women)
1) “How the media failed Women in 2013” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NswJ4kO9uHc

2) “Still eating the other…” http://project-parnell.com/2015/04/30/still-eating-the-other/

3) “What liquor ads teach us about guys” by feminist frequency: Liquor ads capitalize on some of the worst (socialized) masculine traits, glamorize them, and sell these behaviours back to us – encouraging and promoting sexism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wefi-FWdQiU

4) “Because who is perfect?”: about the re-making of mannequins to reflect the bodies of people with various disabilities http://www.adrants.com/2013/12/disabled-mannequins-ponder-the-notion.php


This clip explains what microaggressions are and why there are damaging


Overcoming Oppression


About the psychology that is involved when thinking about in- and outgroups. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrahumanisation

The privileges of being straight http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/03/examples-straight-privilege/

The privileges of being cis-gendered https://new.oberlin.edu/dotAsset/2012181.pdf

Own, apologize, and repair: on becoming aware of your privilege https://norasamaran.com/2016/08/28/variations-on-not-all-men/

Reverse Oppression / Reverse sexism / Reverse racism (etc.)

Reverse oppression does not exist, because the root of sexism and racism lies in the systematic oppression of  non-male and non-white  people. 

7 reasons why reverse racism doesn’t exist.

Sex work(ers)
On decriminalisation of sex work, and how this is a feminist issue http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/magazine/should-prostitution-be-a-crime.html?_r=2

A sex worker explains why sex work shouldn’t be illegal http://www.refinery29.com/2015/08/91515/amnesty-sex-decriminalization-proposal-celebrity-response

About the relation between feminism and sex work http://www.alternet.org/story/98645/the_strange_relationship_between_feminism_and_sex_work

Different stances on sex work, beyond the binary of abolition and legalisation http://www.feministcurrent.com/2013/06/24/arguing-against-the-industry-of-prostitution-beyond-the-abolitionist-versus-sex-worker-binary/

myths about sex workers http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/femifesto/sex-workers-expert-interview_b_10709408.html

Sexual Preference


What is slut-shaming? https://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/what-is-slut-shaming/

Tone policing
Commenting on the ‘tone of the discussion’ is a form of oppression. http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/12/tone-policing-and-privilege/
Transinclusion / Transphobia

How to make the world transfriendlier http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2012/04/list-of-ways-to-make-world-trans-friendl/

Veganism and Feminism
Aph Ko, 5 reasons for why animal rights are a feminist issue (2014) http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/12/animal-rights-feminist-issue/

Aph Ko, 3 reasons black folks don’t join the animal rights movement – and why we should (2015) http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/09/black-folks-animal-rights-mvmt/

Veganism has a serious race problem https://mediadiversified.org/2015/12/16/veganism-has-a-serious-race-problem/

Kristin Wartman, why we can’t forget food justice in our anti-racism fight (2015) http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/10/food-justice-anti-racism/

Wiley Reading, why judging people for buying unhealthy food is classist (2014) http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/10/food-justice-anti-racism/

White Feminism

White Privilege
White identities by Barnor Hesse http://67.media.tumblr.com/c4ec7a6b5acd9197a9109f55e50020b4/tumblr_mq5hqu45lK1s948iuo1_500.jpg

The subtle linguistics of polite white supremacy https://medium.com/@YawoBrown/the-subtle-linguistics-of-polite-white-supremacy-3f83c907ffff#.mkgup7kxl

Zwarte Piet (/Black Pete)
Some background on Zwarte Piet and Sinterklaas can be found in the following links 
Sinterklaas, Wikipedia
Zwarte Piet, Wikipedia
Sinterklaas, explained by the municipality of Amsterdam

Blog posts and news articles on Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet
Zwarte Piet: They are not black, the come through a chimney! – Simon Woolcot, October, 2013
Dutch debate on Zwarte Piet: Recap of major developments – Benjamin Garstka, I Am Expat, November 2014
Is Black Pete Racism? – The Economist, November 2013
Black Pete is just a bit of fun for the Netherlands, right? Wrong. – Samira bin Sharifu, The Guardian, August 2014
Change offensive Black Pete figure, says Dutch Children’s advocate. Toby Sterling, Reuters, September 2016
Interview with Shantrelle P. Lewis – Flyoverfeminism.com, February, 2013

Academic articles on Zwarte Piet, discussing the tradition and what role race plays in it.
Black Pete: Analyzing a Racialized Dutch Tradition Through the History of Western Creations of Stereotypes of Black Peoples.
– Izalina Travares, Humanity in Action, 2004
United Nations on Zwarte Piet – United Nations, January 2013

Not in a reading mood? Check out this CNN-film.

Here you can find articles from a course in women and gender studies, which discuss a lot of the topics mentioned above. http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/womens-and-gender-studies/wgs-301j-feminist-thought-fall-2014/readings/

Follow this tumblr for short intersectional feminist messages, clips and images http://intersectionalfeminism101.tumblr.com/