We are a community born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, established on the following principles:
it is not feminismThe belief that women should have the same rights, power, and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way if it is not intersectional Intersectional feminism considers how aspects of a person's identity, such as race, gender, class, etc., intersect and lead to unique forms of discrimination and privilege.
the ideal world is diverse Varied and different, culturally and ethnically, plural Consisting of a lot of different types of people, and knows no bordersBorders are a social construct that need not be. There is no one sense of a border, and the lines between and through nations, races, classes, sexualities, religions and disabilities are real and a feminism without borders must envision change and social justice work across these lines towards freedom of movement for all
we strive towards being an inclusiveWith the intention to include many different types of people and treat them all fairly and equally and safe spaceA webpage and community where we strive to be free of bias, conflict, or potentially threatening actions, ideas, or conversations
blackA racialized classification of people, usually a political and a skin-color-based category for specific populations based on their ethnicity lives matterThe conviction that Black people are marginalized and deserve the same treatment as non-Black (passing) people
we support and welcome the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, woman-identifiying individuals attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other woman-identifying individuals Gay, a) an individual who does not identify as straight/heterosexual, b) man-identifying people attracted romantically, erotically, and/or emotionally to other man-identifying people, c) the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole, Bisexual,ambivalent term, since it means different things to different people. Some bisexual indvididuals are attracted to a spectrum of individuals of all genders, while others specifically to feminine women and masculine men without any middle ground. Originally ‘bi’ referred to attraction to the two binary genders of men and women. But today there are different terms in use for sexualities that involve attraction to multiple genders, that go beyond these binary genders, such as pansexual (attraction regardless of gender), omnisexual (attraction to people of all genders, but gender still plays a part in what make someone attractive), and polysexual (attraction to people of several genders, but not all genders). However, not everyone finds these distinctions important and many people who would fall into the definition of pansexual, polysexual and omnisexual, refer to themselves as bisexual. Transgender,an individual that experiences a difference between one's own gender identity and the gender identity they were assigned at birth. When one is assigned a sex at birth one is automatically assigned the matching gender. This is opposed to cisgender, which refers to individuals whose gender identity is the same as the gender identity they were assigned at birth. The term transgender can apply to trans women, trans men and non-binary people. Non-binary can refer to any individual whose gender identity is neither entirely woman or man. Some non-binary people have gender identities that are in between woman and man, that are only partly feminine or masculine, or that are outside the feminine/masculine binary altogether. Agender people lack a gender identity Queer/Questioning,sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of the not-exclusively-heterosexual-and-monogamous majority OR questioning: non-heterosexual people who are still 'questioning' their place within the queer community Intersex,individuals who are born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't fall within the typical definitions of male and female Asexual/ally,a) asexual: individuals who do not feel a sexual and/or/but a romantic attraction to others or b) ally: someone who confronts heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexual, and genderstraight privilege in themselves and others + plusother members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including pansexual, genderqueer (those whose gender identity is outside of the strict male and female binary), metagender (non-binary people who consider hemselves neither trans nor cis), among others. These terms are not hard definitions. Many of them are not used univocally within the community and discussion on how to use which terms is ongoing)
trans women Trans women who were assigned male gender at birth are women, trans men Trans men who were assigned female gender at birth are men, and everybody’s gender identity is valid
we believe in (and work towards) decentralizedResources, responsibility and authority of an organization, are not centered around a small authoritative and powerful group, but rather every participant of an organization is seen as important power structuresA system between any individual and every other individual, that refers to the rules, institutions, and assumptions that both determine who is allowed to participate in decisions and in whose interests decisions are made
we reject hate speechPublic speech that expresses hate or encourages violence towards a person or group based on characteristics such as race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc
anger is valid, aggression is not
we believe yes means yes (and no means no)Consent is a voluntary, affirmative, conscious, agreement to engage in (sexual) activity. It can be revoked at any time; a previous relationship does not constitute consent, and coercion or threat of force can also not be used to establish consent. Consent can be given either verbally or nonverbally. Additionally, a person who is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or is either not awake or fully awake, is unable to give consent.
We respect each other and others’ choices, and we are pro-choice Supporting the belief that a pregnant person should have the freedom to choose an abortion (the intentional ending of pregnancy) if not wanting to have a baby
we speak out against injusticeUnfairness or undeserved outcomes such as for example racial discrimination in the workplace, sexual harrassment of women in public space or homophobia