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abortion

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. In many countries women may request such a termination within a specific period

abortion on demand

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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The phrase refers to women’s right to demand an abortion if they so wish rather than, for example, needing to

acculturation

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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The process whereby the norms, practices, and values of a given cultural context are adopted by those who are, or

advocacy

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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A term used in legal and political discourses to describe the promotion and support of particular causes, individuals, or groups

affect

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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A term that entered the feminist lexicon in the 2000s to refer to feelings, emotions, and emotional reactions as part

affirmative action

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Practised predominantly in the US, affirmative action refers to policies and practices designed to improve the educational and employment opportunities

ageism

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age. Ageism has been widely alleged in media contexts where women, and sometimes

agency

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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A concept much used in political theory, sociology, and philosophy to refer to the possibility a person has to act

Ahmed, Sara

Ahmed, Sara (1969–)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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known for her contributions to feminist, *queer, and *postcolonial theory. Her best-known works are Strange Encounters:

androgyny

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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A term combining masculine (andros) and feminine (gyn), and referencing gender ambiguity as a function of the coexistence of masculine

andrology

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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A branch of medicine concerned with diseases specifically affecting men. Unlike gynaecology, which is a normalized branch of medicine focused

Ang, Ien

Ang, Ien (1954–)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Academic resident in Australia, best known for her work in Cultural Studies. Well known for her work On Not speaking

Angelou, Maya

Angelou, Maya (1928–2014)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Best known for her seven-volume series of memoirs of which the first one entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird

anorexia nervosa

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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A physical and psychological illness, associated with an obsessive fear of becoming fat, with questions of bodily control, self-starvation to

Anthony, Susan B.

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Anthony helped organize the first women’s rights convention, the Seneca Falls Convention, in 1848. Together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Anzaldúa, Gloria

Anzaldúa, Gloria (1942–2004)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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whose work was internationally influential in exploring boundary figures such as the mestiza in an often experimental and poetical style

asexuality

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A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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Term used to describe a sexual orientation that involves feeling no sexual attraction to others but having emotional needs and

Atkinson, Ti-Grace

Atkinson, Ti-Grace (1938–)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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who came to prominence during the second women’s liberation movement with her volume Amazon Odyssey (1974), a poetico-political

Atwood, Margaret

Atwood, Margaret (1939–)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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best known for her novels and science fiction works, although she has also published poetry and essays. She has won

Austen, Jane

Austen, Jane (1775–1817)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Gender Studies

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best known for her novels about the English gentry of her period: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and

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