Key Terms

The following is a list of terms that we use in our work and throughout the site. Some of the terms might be new to you, or we may be using them in a way that is a little different from other things you have read. Either way – if you are looking for a definition, you’re in the right place!

Some of these definitions build from material in the following texts: “Are you Challenging Sexism and Male Supremacy?” (written by Paul Kivel), “Common Trans ‘Definitions’ and Terms” (compiled by Raphael Carter, Evan Hempel and Joelle Ruby Ryan, and edited by Jack Skelton), and Teaching for Diversity & Social Justice (edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell & Pat Griffin).

Download a PDF of these Key Terms here.

Accountability

Ally

Cisgender

Feminism

Gender Binary

Gender Identity

Gender Non-Conforming

Heteronormativity

Heteropatriarchy

Intersectionality

Liberatory (Collective Liberation)

Male Privilege

Male Supremacy

Oppression (Systems of Oppression)

Sexism

Sexuality

Transformative Justice

Transgender

Trauma (Psychological Trauma)