Category Word of the Week

Kyriarchy

The term ‘kyriarchy’ refers to the broad system of domination maintaining all intersecting systems of oppression and marginalisation, including cissexism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, etc. In other words, the kyriarchy is the system that consists of all forms of oppression. While the term ‘patriarchy’ refers only to sexism, ‘kyriarchy’ refers to all kinds of […]

Monosexism

Monosexism is oppression based on the belief that monosexuality – i.e. being attracted to only one gender – is better and more legitimate than other sexual orientations. In other words, it’s the belief that people who are exclusively heterosexual or exclusively homosexual are more valid or superior to those who are bisexual, asexual, pansexual, sexually […]

TERF

As the name suggests, trans-exclusionary radical feminism refers to a branch of feminism that believes that trans women are men, not women. Essentially, they believe that gender is determined by one’s genitals, not one’s gender identity. They don’t believe that trans women are oppressed, despite the fact that trans women are very much vulnerable to […]

Demisexual

The Word-of-the-Week this Wednesday is ‘demisexual’. ‘Demisexual’ is a sexual orientation that describes a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone. For every demisexual person, the nature of the ‘bond’ they have with someone before they feel sexual attraction can differ. Some demisexual people might feel […]

Concern Troll

A concern troll is a person who participates in a debate posing as an actual or potential ally who simply has some concerns they need answered before they will ally themselves with a cause. In reality they are a critic. Usually, they have ‘good intentions’, but they ultimately end up perpetuating oppressive ideas. An example […]

Homonormativity

Homonormativity refers to the assimilation of homosexual people into a heteronormative system, so that homosexuality is accepted but heteronormativity and its corresponding gender and sexual norms are not challenged. We’ve previously looked at the idea of ‘heteronormativity’. Heteronormativity includes the idea that heterosexuality is normal and superior, but it also includes the idea that certain […]

Tone Policing

‘Tone policing’ is the act of focusing on someone’s ‘tone’ rather than their arguments in such a way that it upholds systematic oppression. It includes ignoring someone’s argument or considering it invalid because it was said in a ‘rude’ or ‘angry’ tone. Tone policing derails a conversation, as it focusses on the ‘tone’ of the […]