The bottom line is toxic masculinity harms all genders. It promotes sexism, misogyny, violence, and rape culture, while enforcing dangerous stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.
There have always been ways to chastise and police the actions of women and marginalized groups. “Daddy issues,” as a term, is yet another example of this.
Why has feminism, a movement so typically stigmatized for its disavowal of social norms, fallen under the umbrella of a term that epitomizes herd mentality?
In my friend’s straight cis male reality, one does not have to shape their individual behaviors around the avoidance of threats—or maybe one does, but certainly not during a routine trip to the restroom.
In interviews, a woman’s appearance heavily influences whether she is to be evaluated on the basis of her intellectual merit or solely on the basis of her gender. Many times, her choice of clothing may be the sole deciding factor in her success.
Tokenism, broadly speaking, is including someone in a group for the sake of sounding or appearing diverse.
We must replace outdated ideals about gender, beauty, and self-worth, with a more holistic approach that focuses on the multifaceted, complex identities that make up an individual.
Locke had relegated a certain role to me, and to have stepped out of this role, even now, was for me to own space that didn’t belong to me. I was an illegal alien, in both history and our discussion group.
More than anything else, the women in my family have molded the person writing this today. The least that can be done is to honor them and other women by offering insights into how to effectively support the work of intersectional feminism. Here are just a few suggestions for how to be a better intersectional feminist ally.
Cultural appropriation is a centuries-old practice of disrespecting a culture by adopting aspects of that culture without regarding the significance of those aspects. These cultures typically belong to non-white peoples and the aspects stolen are usually religious or symbolic.