Episode 4: Back to Basics/Terminology 101


In today’s episode we define some of the terms we commonly use that may not be widely known to our listeners. Importantly, we note that we didn’t invent these terms/concepts, rather we’ve had the privilege of not only formal education but also being part of activist communities that have taught us how to better describe conditions of power, oppression, etc.

We also discuss recent legislation surrounding gender neutral bathrooms, and our Feminist Pick of the Week: GRRRL PRTY!


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gender binary: societal construction suggesting that there are only two genders: male and female

LGBT & queer: lesbian , gay, bisexual, transgender. The term queer was reclaimed as a way to re-assert the radical legacy of the gay liberation movement. Queer is “an umbrella term that has been embraced and reclaimed by the LGBTQ+ community as a symbol of pride, representing all individuals who fall out of the gender and sexuality ‘norms’”–> It’s about not being “just like straight people”; Often related to anti-capitalist, anti-racist, feminist, anti-imperialist politics; Also very inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming people, which has not always been the case in the LGB(T) movement; Can also be used for people who fall outside of traditional relationship roles- polyamory, asexuality, pansexual, etc.

–> recommended reading

Morgan Bassichis, Alexander Lee, & Dean Spade, “Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement with Everything We’ve Got

cisgender: Assigned female//male at birth by doctor. And then ID with it now.

–> recommended reading

Anne Fausto Sterling, Sexing the Body

Dean Spade, “Resisting Medicine, Re/modeling Gender

people of color: Terms used to describe non-White people; contrary to what many students mistakenly hear this is NOT the same as “colored people”; people of color as a term is used commonly to denote the marginalized and disenfranchised position of non-White people who live under white supremacist conditions

gentrificationThe result of urban development that increases property values and displaces people of color. People who move into a gentrified neighborhood are often upwardly mobile white people. These areas are often historically people of color neighborhoods and people of color-owned businesses often shutter as gentrifying forces move in.

–> recommended listening

WNYC’s There Goes the Hood podcast 

neoliberalism: neoliberal policies uphold free-market, free trade, and privatization, and try to cut (or entirely eliminate) government-assistance programs and social safety nets; This philosophy promotes individual solutions to social problems through consumption, private enterprise, or volunteering. Commonly used in critical media and cultural studies to describe the phenomenon of media and discourse upholding this philosophy through other individualist endeavors. 

–> recommended reading 

David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism


hegemony: What we take for granted as “common sense” in our society. Systems of power persuade us to buy into these ideological beliefs through the media, government regulations, and other institutions. For example, marriage is seen as a common sense life goal which is reaffirmed in reality TV shows such as “The Bachelor”

–> recommended reading


ideologies: Dominant ideas that uphold hegemony

–>recommended reading 



cis het white supremacist capitalist patriarchy: term used to describe the conditions of power we live within in our society. This refers to legacies of oppression and disenfranchisement based on gender, sexuality, race, and economics, rather than bad individual people.

–> recommended reading

bell hooks 

Audience question from listener Kristen P!: Why do we say “share space” instead of something like “hang out”? 

“I think for me this is about the idea of our bodies in spaces, being intentional about what it means to be in particular spaces. When we re-frame banal notions of “hanging out” with “space-taking” it makes us rethink how and where we place our bodies. What does it mean to share space on colonized lands, in gentrified neighborhoods, etc.? ” -R

Feminist Pick of the Month 


“Grrrl Prty is a Minneapolis-based hip hop crew. Lizzo, Manchita, and Sophia Eris are three fierce women who rap together about being sexually empowered (we got the — on lockdown/no you never gonna get it) and rap individually about non-ladylike topics such as periods (it’s getting kinda nasty/eeeew/it’s getting hella nasty) and Black Lives Matter. 

These women make you feel alive! and if you identify as a woman they make you feel hella special. Check out the Wegular video to see their attitudes on fire.” -M 






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