In the feminist world
, needed words
have many conntations. Most begin with people (although, in this context
, those people are usually women
) trying to express something and finding that there is no word
for what they are trying to say. Here are some
of the possible interpritations:
A word for the deception many women must practice to survive psychologically, a word which doesn't blame the victim.
A word for the fact that, whatever a woman does, it's her fault.
A positive word for the condition of not having two breasts; thousands of women each year have breast surgery which removes one or both breasts partially or in their entirety.
A positive word fo the decision not to have children and for the state of not having children.
A word or phrase to introduce and describe partners and other relationships without using the prossesive "my" (ie: "my" wife/husband, "my" partner)
A positive and active verb to describe female sexuality. "I know no non-degraded English verb for the activity of sexual expression that would allow a construction parallel to, for example, 'I am working,' a phrase that could apply to nearly any activity." (Catherine A. MacKinnon, 1982)
A word for woman that connotates an individual, an autonomous human being rather than a qualifying term that calls attention to the man/woman barrier.
A positive word to take the place of "not sexist."
A term for a male friend who is not a "boyfriend."
A word other than "lover" to name the other partner in a lesbian relationship.
A word for "the problem that had no name."
A word for the erasure, inadvertant or systematic, of women from history.
A word for women's strength.