Add the “S” to Feminism

It's like confetti, I explain. Feminism, like confetti, is one of those words that needs to be understood as plural, plain and simple. You don't throw one piece of confetti in the air to celebrate. (Well, technically, one could do this, yes, but that would not be very festive.) Similarly, you don't just celebrate feminism with with one strand of thought. Feminism must be seen, recognized, as plural - as a collective movement - if we are to accurately and justifiably claim a movement is actually taking place.

Greetings everyone! My name is Lisa Factora-Borchers. I would first like to thank Debbie and all the folks who have given me this opportunity to write about feminism and to challenge the myths, stereotypes, and claims that it is one movement of women. As if a monolithic group, feminists have been categorized and grouped together in one large room by Big media, critics, and by both liberals and conservatives alike. My work as a guest blogger will be about dismantling that notion.

In this historic presidential year that threw gender into the political limelight, I will be taking a look at feminisms, plural. And uncovering the heroes doing underground work, the unsung feminist movements that are working to better the lives of women everywhere. In that discovering, I'll be asking questions (the kind where there are no clear anwers) that hopefully will expand our definition of feminism so when the day comes when there is no rape, no glass ceiling, no kyriarchal powers, no gender gaps, we all will celebrate together and throw our confetti. Or hit a pinata. Or dance the tinikling. Or celebrate in the ways our cultures and ethnicities choose to par-tay.

Either way, it's time to add the "s" to feminism and understand its collective movement.  


by Lisa Factora-Borchers
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Lisa Factora-Borchers is the formal editorial director at Bitch Media. Her work is widely published and she is the editor of the anthology, Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence.



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6 Comments Have Been Posted


i have to start reading bitch now that you are here!
three cheers for lisa.

Removing the blindfold

Let the discovery begin!

So glad to see you're going

So glad to see you're going to be blogging here about these issues!




yes! what a wonderful introduction, lisa. looking forward to your posts here!

Adding the "s" to feminism

I'm still figuring all of this out. I am definitely a feminist, but have never liked the term because it meant many things that weren't me.

I like this new approach.

I have to read some more and ask myself more questions. Perhaps one day I'll have an answer about what it means to be me and be female.


My colleague wrote about this article here:

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