Glossary

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A

Ableism

Discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.

Accountability

The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.

Ally

People who are allies are not only helpers, but also share a common interest with those they desire to help. In an alliance, both stand to benefit from the bond.

Androsexual

An adjective used to describe a person who is primarily sexually, aesthetically, and/or romantically attracted to masculinity.

B

Body-shaming

Humiliating someone by making critical comments about their body shape or size.

C

Casteism

Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of caste.

Cisgender

An adjective used to describe someone whose gender identity matches their body.

CisHet

Describes a person who is both cisgender and heterosexual, meaning they identify with their birth gender, as well as heterosexual (attracted exclusively to people of the opposite sex).

Cissexism

Belief that transgender people are inherently inferior to cisgender people.

Community

The condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.

D

Demiboy

Someone who embraces masculinity – irrespective of gender.

Demiromantic

Someone who feels romantic feelings only after a strong bond.

E

Ethos

The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes, aspirations and actions.

Experience

An event or occurrence which leaves an impression on someone.
OR
Practical contact with reality.

F

Fact

The truth about events as opposed to interpretation.

Fat-shaming

Humiliating someone judged to be fat or overweight by making critical comments about their size.

Fem-centric/Women-centric

Focused on women.

Feminism

The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

Free Speech

The principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear 
of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction.

Freedom

The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.

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