Rethinking the Use of the Word Feminist

We have never cared for the word feminist. It feels anti-feminine. We women embrace balance and the whole, while the word, to our ears, implies the feminine as a standalone.

That is not its intent as the definition includes equality: “an advocate of the claims of women as the equals of men in the realms of literature and art as well as in the sociological world.” Feminist is not, per its definition, an us versus them concept. (Source: Merriam-Webster.com, definition of feminist)

We then stumbled upon one of the definitions for feminine, a related word. It seems feminine is not entirely about balance:

Per Merriam-Webster.com, feminine includes a: being an unstressed and usually additional final syllable after the final complete foot in a line of verse a feminine ending b: of rhyme: having an unstressed final syllable c: having the final chord occurring on a weak beat music in feminine cadences

Final and unstressed?

As an alternative to the word feminist, we choose the genderless term Divine Feminine. There is debate and conversation about the term, but per Suzanne Kingsbury, author and founder of Gateless Writing,

“…the Divine Feminine represents the connection to the part of your consciousness responsible for nurture, intuition, and empathy, regardless of your gender….[it] is the aspect of the self associated with creation, intuition, community, sensuality (felt sense rather than thinking sense), and collaboration.” (Source: Bustle.com, Why You Need To Know About The Divine Feminine)

Works for us.

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