The Anti-Oppression Network: Intellectualism And Gender Identity

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Intellectualism – “(It is) the doctrine that reason is the ultimate criterion of knowledge, and that deliberate action is consequent on a process of conscious or subconscious reasoning. It is the excessive emphasis on abstract or intellectual matters, especially with a lack of proper consideration for emotions. Through the system of patriarchy, women are often subjugated and discriminated against because of their perceived emotional processes. Intellectualism is a major component of the academic industrial complex, and promotes professional knowledge and status over lived experiences” (The Anti-Oppression Network, 2014).

Lesbian – “(It is) the preferred term for a woman who engage in same-sex relationships and identifies as a member of (LGBT)
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Like bi-antagonism, this term was created to call attention to the ways that prejudice against trans* people differ from prejudice against other queer people. There is often trans-antagonism in gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities, as well as straight communities. Gender identity is as fluid as sexual orientation, and diversity is the foundation of both” (The Anti-Oppression Network, 2014).

Trans* - “(It is) an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum, including trans-gender, trans-sexual, transvestite, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderfuck, genderless, agender, non-gendered, gender nonconforming, third gender, two-spirit, bi-gender, multi-gender, pangender, trans woman, and trans man” (The Anti-Oppression Network, 2014).

Trans-gender – “(This is) an umbrella term, like trans for individuals who blur the lines of traditional gender expression…. (Trans-genders) may or may not choose to change physical characteristics of their bodies or legally change their sex” (Meyer, 2010). It is a term for a person who has changed his/her original sexuality, but did not undergo medical treatments or
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a male choosing a female character and vice-versa) (MacCallum-Stewart, 2008). Trans-sexual– “(It) is a term used to describe a person who lives in a gender that I different from the sex they were assigned at birth. Many trans-sexual people opt to undergo physical transformations such as surgery and hormone therapy so that their bodies more closely align with social norms for their gender identities. Although it is categorized as one type of gender identity disorder by the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, many advocates have worked to remove this designation from the DSM in order to reduce the stigma and association with mental illness often attached to individuals who are trans-sexual” (Meyer, 2010).

Video Game– “(It is) a game played by electronically manipulating images produced by a computer program on a television screen or other display screen” (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Walkthrough – “(It is) a document giving advice on how to complete a game: ‘players may consider downloading a free walk-through of the game’ (Oxford University Press,

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