In more radical, liberal spaces and in safe spaces, people throw around a lot of words that have not become main-stream yet. This makes it difficult to understand what’s being discussed, I know it made me feel like I wasn’t sensitive enough to issues I feel very strongly about, so I’ve compiled a series of links to definitions of words commonly used in more liberal spheres! Feel free to let me know if you have better/more inclusive/different definitions!
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My name is Regina A Monge (she/her/hers), and I am a Miami-born Latina currently living in DC. I’m a passionate feminist who's determined to have her voice heard! Currently, I serve on BeVisible’s National Millennial Advisory Board and am particularly focused on raising the profile of young women of color involved in politics!
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If you’re interested, here’s a pretty comprehensive list (in my opinion): http://bit.ly/1dPwZvD
I linked to it in one of my blog posts: http://bit.ly/1meOWvr
However, something to think about:
While I really appreciate terminology and people’s dedication to learn it in order to discuss these topics, it’s important to recognize the limitations that come with defining terms. If we’re allowing people to self identify and we’re respecting their agency over their own identity, can we truly stick to static definitions? For example: if one person’s understanding and experience of “lesbian” is different than someone else’s, is that person’s lesbian identity invalid or illegitimate because it doesn’t fit the textbook definition? Or do we allow varied personal understanding and usage of terms? I’m trying to grapple with this concept in my own blog but it’s challenging when these terms lead to community and organizing and an expected common experience. Do you have any thoughts?
Thank you so much for sharing! I totally agree that although they help increase understanding too a certain degree, they may also be too definitive and inflexible. Thank you so much for your input and for sharing your resources!
You’re welcome! Maybe if the concept of fluidity with identity can also reference the fluidity of language and it’s evolution, varying definitions of identity terms can be accepted.