Feminisms 101

by | November 13, 2010
filed under Feminism

A lot of people have an image in their mind about what a feminist looks like. In addition to the people who think we’re all humourless, hairy, man-haters, I’ve also heard from people who say they believe in women’s equality but don’t want to call themselves feminists because they think feminism is about making women out to be victims or about saying women are better than men.

I follow bell hooks’ broad definition of feminism as “a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression”, which includes other forms of oppression such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, and class oppression. But there are many different types of feminism, which I’ll try to list here. This is, of course, very simplified and I’d encourage people who are really interested to do further reading (I highly recommend Finally,  A Feminism 101 Blog).

Waves of (Western) Feminism

Branches of Feminism (not mutually exclusive)

Related Branches


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