Feminist ABCs

Feminist ABC’s – Why? 

When you are new to (certain aspects of) feminism, it can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of jargon and it takes time to understand what everyone is saying. Words turn out to have different meanings than the dictionary definition and that can be confusing. How can you make sense of it all? Asking fellow feminists can be a good way to start.

However, for people from marginalized groups, it can be very tiring to get the same questions over and over again. Having to engage in the same discussions on a weekly or daily basis causes people to feel frustrated, angry and tired. It is not the responsibility of the oppressed to educate the privileged.
In an in-depth discussion, it can disrupt the conversation when a novice feminist asks about the basics, and annoy the more seasoned participants. So asking someone else is not always appreciated.

But no one was born an intersectional feminist, and it is implausible that anyone’s first words were ‘gender is a social construct’ or ‘reverse racism doesn’t exist’. Education is needed, it is indispensable. In the comments on our Facebook group we often see remarks like: ‘Educate yourself! Everyone has google!’ But if you are a novice, how can you discern the good websites from the bad? Recent research shows that artificial intelligence can be racist. Google’s answer box used to show that white people have a higher IQ than black people. And for every feminist blogpost, there is a Men’s Rights Association page that claims the opposite. A great article on education can be found here.

Therefore, we have decided to make a list of good articles. These can be used to educate yourself, or to share with someone who needs education. Do you see someone making ignorant remarks on Facebook or Twitter? Save someone else the trouble of explaining, and share an article from this list.

We’ve categorized the articles, and have put the categories in alphabetical order. We hope that this will be useful for you.

If you have any suggestions on good articles or if you are missing an important topic, please let us know!

List of topics


To start, a few links to articles/websites that are very broad and that can be read as a great general introduction to contemporary intersectional feminism.

Social Justice Wiki – contains definitions of a lot words and concepts
So you want to be an intersectional feminist?
A list of academic texts from a Feminist Thoughts course


Here’s the alphabetical list of topics:

Ableism AbortionAnarchism AllyshipAnti-Blackness Anti-RacismAsexuality & Aromantic Benevolent Sexism Colour blindnessCultural appropriationCapitalism ConsumerismCalling out/apologizingDecolonisationDiversity Fat shaming/Thin shamingGender HumorImperialist feminism – IntersectionalityIslamophobia IslamIslamic FeminismMansplainingMedia representationMentalismMigration MicroaggressionsMis-genderingMisogynoirPatriarchy Post colonial feminism – Privilege PronounsReverse Oppression(critical) Race theoryRelationships (& dating)Sexuality & experienceSexual violence Sex work(ers)Sexual identity Slut-shamingSocialist FeminismTone policingTransinclusion / TransphobiaVeganismWhite Feminism White PrivilegeWork Wit vs ‘blank’Zwarte Piet (/Black Pete)


What is Ableism? (Wiki)
6 Ways Your Social Justice Activism Might Be Ableist
Why ableist language matters
What is ableist privilege? 

Learn about abortion through the work of Women on Waves
Why abortion is a Human Right
The Intersectionality of Abortion
Why trans people belong in the fight for abortion rights

Anarcha-feminism explained
Anarchist view on intersectional feminism

9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive
How to be an Ally in your LGBT-Community
10 things all ‘allies’ need to know

The myths of monoracial privilege and the black/white binary

An introduction to the anti-racism movement for (white) newbies

Asexuality & Aromantic
Everything asexual and aromantic


Benevolent Sexism
Benevolent sexism has insidious consequences


Colour blindness

Cultural appropriation
Why Defending Your Cultural Appropriation is Dangerous
7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation debunked! (video)
Cultural appropriation vs assimilation
Who can wear hoop earrings? Cultural appropriation explained


Op-Ed: Capitalism has embraced feminist iconography at a huge cost

Calling out/apologizing
how to apologize and how not to



Diversity is for white people: The big lie behind a well-intended word


Fat shaming / Thin shaming
the differences between fat shaming and thin shaming


Sex biology redefined: Genes don’t indicate binary sexes
Yes, Non-Binary People Experience Gender Dysphoria


(How) can feminists use humor in battling misogyny?
Laughing against Patriarchy
Guerrilla Girls
What is feminist humor anyway?


Imperialist feminism
Imperialist feminism: a historical overview (video)
Imperialist feminism and liberalism

Intersectional Feminism and Pizza
Fighting the kyriachy
Muslim Americans Are United by Trump—and Divided by Race

Islamophobia is racism syllabus
Why We Need to Educate About History – Not Religion – To Stop Islamophobia
Why the Idea That Islam Promotes Intolerance of the LGBTQIA+ Community Is a Lie

On Pluralism, Intolerance, and the Quran
Introduction to Islam (Harvard, pdf)
Islam and culture: Don’t mix them up

Islamic Feminism
Feminist critique and Islamic feminism: the question of intersectionality
Islamic Feminism
The Middle Eastern Feminist (FB page)


Definition and history of the term

Media representation 
Representation and sexualisation of women (of colour)
Representation of men in ads (video)

What is mentalism?

Racism plays a key role in migrants’ exclusion and violations of rights in the European Union
Combating Discrimination against Migrants
15 years of fortress europe

What microaggressions are and why there are damaging

Mis-gendering trans people is an act of violence (includes video)

The experience of misogyny for Women of Colour


Understanding patriarchy 

Post colonial feminism
Combating colonial rhetoric in feminist theory
Introduction and core thinkers of postcolonial feminism

The privileges of being straight
Own, apologize, and repair: on becoming aware of your privilege

(see also: white privilege)

Why Asking Someone What Gender Pronoun They Use Is So Important
what you’re actually saying when you ignore someones gender pronouns
This Is Why Pronouns Matter for Trans People (video)
All About PRONOUNS! (video)


Reverse Oppression
Reverse Racism -Aamer Rahman (video)
Reverse oppression can not exist
7 reasons why reverse racism doesn’t exist.

(critical) race theory:
introduction to critical race theory(reading material from brown uni.)

Relationships (& dating)
To Raise A Feminist Son, Talk To Him About Aziz Ansari
Men aren’t entitled to women’s time or affection. But it’s a hard lesson to learn
dating while disabled
The ethical slut chap 2-3
Comics on non-monogamy options
Sexual Racism (video)
White fetish (video)
Experiences growing up with polyamorous parents


Sexuality & experience
The female price of male pleasure (Cw for cissexism)

Sexual violence:
What does Hollywood’s reverence for child rapist Roman Polanski tell us?
What Experts Know About Men Who Rape

Sex work(ers)
Female homicide rate dropped after Craigslist launched its erotic services platform
On decriminalisation of sex work, and how this is a feminist issue
A sex worker explains why sex work shouldn’t be illegal
myths about sex workers dispelled

Sexual identity
The invention of the heterosexual 
Sexual desire is a social construct

What is slut-shaming?

Socialist Feminism
What is Socialist Feminism?
Socialist Feminism—Definition and Comparisons


Tone policing
Commenting on the ‘tone of the discussion’ is a form of oppression.

Transinclusion / Transphobia
How to make the world transfriendlier 


5 reasons  why animal rights are a feminist issue
3 reasons black folks don’t join the animal rights movement 
Why judging people for buying unhealthy food is classist 


White Feminism
‘I didn’t know that was racist!’ (video)
4 ways to navigate your whiteness in being a feminist
comic about white feminism
On the Women’s March and why the word ‘unity’ is being misused
Calling out feminists on their white feminism

White Privilege
White identities by Barnor Hesse, in an article by Gillian Schutte
Polite white supremacy

The importance of diversity in the workplace

Wit vs ‘blank’
‘Waarom de witte mens niet blank is’


Zwarte Piet (/Black Pete)
Some background on Zwarte Piet and Sinterklaas can be found in the following links 
Sinterklaas, Wikipedia
Zwarte Piet, Wikipedia

Blog posts and news articles on Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet
Zwarte Piet: They are not black, the come through a chimney! – Simon Woolcot, October, 2013
Dutch debate on Zwarte Piet: Recap of major developments – Benjamin Garstka, I Am Expat, November 2014
Is Black Pete Racism? – The Economist, November 2013
Black Pete is just a bit of fun for the Netherlands, right? Wrong. – Samira bin Sharifu, The Guardian, August 2014
Change offensive Black Pete figure, says Dutch Children’s advocate. Toby Sterling, Reuters, September 2016

Academic articles on Zwarte Piet, discussing the tradition and what role race plays in it.
Black Pete: Analyzing a Racialized Dutch Tradition Through the 

Not in a reading mood? Check out this CNN-film.