Intersectionality Glossary and References

Great list of references and glossary terms from Guerrilla Feminism!

“Glossary of Terms

Ableism: discrimination in favor of able-bodied people

Aromantic: a person who does not experience romantic attraction

Asexual: a person who does not experience sexual attraction

Biantagonism: hatred or dislike of bisexual folk

Cis: people who, for the most part, identify with the sex they were assigned at birth

Derailing: posting a comment on a thread that is off-topic from the original post

Fatantagonism: hatred or dislike of fat folk

FtM: female-to-male; descriptive term in trans community

Heteronormativity: the set of power relations that normalize and regiment sexuality, marginalizing everything outside of the ideals of heterosexuality, monogamy, and gender conformity

Heterosexism/Heterosexual Privilege: the assumption that people are heterosexual, or the attitude that people should be heterosexual, because heterosexuality is the only valid sexual orientation. It often takes the form of ignoring bisexuals, gay men, and lesbians. Heterosexual privilege refers to the benefits granted automatically to heterosexual people that are denied to bisexuals, gay men, and lesbians

Homoantagonism: hatred or dislike of gay folk

Intersex: describes a person whose biological sex is ambiguous

Misogynoir: hatred of black women

MoC: Masculine of Center: a term coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project, that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbians and queer folks who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as: butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculin, etc.

MRA: Men’s Rights Activist

MtF: male-to-female; descriptive term in trans community

Neurodiversity: the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome (via:

PoC: People of Color

Queer: traditionally a pejorative terms, queer has been reclaimed by some LGBT folk to describe themselves. Some value the term for its defiance and because it can be inclusive of the entire LGBT community. Nevertheless, it is not universally accepted even within the LGBT community and should be avoided unless quoting someone who self-identifies that way

QPoC: Queer Person/People of Color

Sex-Shaming (f.k.a. “slut-shaming”): shaming someone because of their sexual behaviors/desires

SWERF: Sex Worker exclusionary Radical Feminist

TERF: Trans exclusionary Radical Feminist
Tone-Policing: focusing and critiquing on how something is said, ignoring whether or not it’s true

Trans: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may or may not choose to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically

Transmisogyny: hatred of trans women

Transantagonism: hatred or dislike of trans folk

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WoC: Woman of Color

Intersectionality 101

Able-bodied privilege:


Being a Cis Ally:

Being a White Ally:

Class privilege checklist:

Cultural Appropriation/Cultural Exchange:


Feminism & Humanism:


How to deal with being called out:


Male privilege checklist:



Reverse Racism Does NOT Exist:

Reverse Sexism Does NOT Exist:

Rape Culture:


White & Able-bodied privilege comparison:

White privilege checklist:

Why Reverse Racism Doesn’t Exist

“The situations in which you, fellow white person, were involved were unfortunate and inappropriate, this is true. But to claim that these experiences were ‘reverse racism’ both diminishes and minimalizes the real and actual experiences of PoC who really do encounter racism. There is no system of oppression in America that actively works to oppress and subjugate white people.”

reverse racism doesn’t exist