Fourth Wave Feminism

Fourth-wave feminism refers to a resurgence of interest in feminism that began around 2012 and is associated with the use of social media.  Issues that fourth-wave feminists focus on include street and workplace harassment, campus sexual assault and rape culture. Scandals involving the harassment and abuse of women and girls have galvanized the movement. These …

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Body Image

Body image is a person’s perception of the aesthetic or sexual attractiveness of their own body. This phrase was coined by Paul Schilder in his book, The Image and Appearance of the Human Body. One’s body image can be shaped by many different factors, including factors such as a person’s personal experiences, personality, and social …

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Terrible Perfection (Barbara Heldt)

Terrible Perfection: Women in Russian Literature is a book critiquing the portrayal of women in Russian literature, both by male and female authors. The author, Barbara Heldt, sought to apply feminist thought and gynocriticism to texts in order to expose the unrealistic and unfair portrayal of women. Gynocritrical writing focuses on literature written by female …

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cisgender

“not transgender” cisgender (often abbreviated to simply cis) is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth having a gender identity or performing in a gender role that society considers appropriate for one’s sex originated as a way to shift the focus off of a marginalized group, …

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