Feminism 101: An Introduction

In order for us to effectively engage in critical discourse and discussion we need to discuss and analyze the points of contention within and between the issues we are discussing. The main reason for doing so is to recognize and accommodate the spectrum that we all exist on.

Some of you are absolutely new to any discussion on feminism, race, intersectionality, and prejudice. That’s okay. Some of you are intermediates who have some exposure to these topics but still feel like you could, and want to learn more. That’s also okay. Some of you are knee-deep in critical analysis, and want a space to actively discuss and examine these theories. That is also okay.

Some of you are in the middle of these different planes. That is okay. Trust me, allow yourself to accept whatever you know, and especially what you don’t know.

We exist on a spectrum, not as a binary of experts and learners.

This is a critical space for you, no matter where you are at on this spectrum. Given the diversity of you, it is important to highlight, define, and examine the key roots and theories we will be dissecting, as well as the formal language that we utilize in its analysis.

So, don’t be scared. Don’t be worried. This is a safe space for you to learn. For us to learn together.

Because of the popularity of this post, and the hundreds of thousands of you who wanted a Feminism 101 workable guide, I have created a free self-paced course that you can work through! You can access this course here: http://kanishkasikri.com/courses/feminism-101/

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16 thoughts on “Feminism 101: An Introduction”

  1. i used to read so much bell hooks, and loved her perspective. this was a great refresher, joint your intersections of inequality course as well 👌🏽

    1. Totally agree, has some super transformational reads. If you like hooks, you will absolutely love them 🙂

  2. love these explanations + how you explained such complex topics with ease. makes it easy for a non-education person lol! thank you dear

  3. I used to have such a difficult time explaining concepts to my pre teens to teenagers on what feminism, gender equality, inequality, patriarchy, all that stuff is. This is so gret for me to have, Ive sent copies out to all my teacher friends and shared this in my classes as well, kids devoured it…if you have a pdf version of this information I would love a copy ❤️ best wishes from an educator

    1. Kanishka Sikri

      Much respect for an educator! I have linked to the pdf copy at the end of the post. Hope it serves you and your students well!

  4. This is such an awesome place for a beginner like me! Thoroughly enjoyed the read! Also, can you suggest books from where i can learn more about topics like this?

    1. Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words! My, there are so many! I think Bell Hooks Feminism Is For Everybody, Crenshaw’s Mapping the Margins are good beginners! Is there something in particular you enjoy i.e intersectional feminism, “third world” feminism, postcolonial theory, then I could recommend some specific beginners!

      On the page there is also a link to the Intersections of Inequality 101 course which has 5 free Feminist Books and their pdf’s!

  5. Thank you so much for this post! It has helped me to understand so many new things and has been a great help to someone like me who is just beginning their feminist journey!

    1. So so glad this helped you out in any way! Will be having a bit more intermediary posts as well after this introduction which should delve a little deeper on the matters!

  6. It’s so hard when you want to discuss maturely a point with someone regarding this, but because you don’t know how to say what you know and all the right words, you end up babbling on and no one is any wiser.

    Thank you Kanishka for taking the time to write this. It helps so much!

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