The Counter-Feminist Cyclopedia


We set out to write a dictionary of useful terminology for people who oppose feminism. We were unable to keep the entries brief, and quickly found ourselves writing paragraphs and short articles. So we decided to call this a "cyclopedia" rather than a dictionary. As we see it, a cyclopedia is a cross between a dictionary and an encyclopedia: too fat to be a dictionary but too skinny to be a proper encyclopedia. Hence, a cyclopedia - a compromise solution.

The purpose here is not to convince or convert any feminist, but to foster a linguistic understanding among those who oppose feminism.

Some of these words are old familiar friends that have been around for years. Others are entirely new.

The presence of any given item in the cyclopedia does not imply either approval or disapproval by the compilers. Use of any of this terminology, in public speech or writing, is at individual discretion.

The cyclopedia is a work in progress: expect additions.

Entries will be listed alphabetically.


Activated Non-Feminist Sector, The:
The portion of the non-feminist sector inhabited by persons who are politically awakened about the reality of feminism, and inclined to be outspoken or active in the name of their convictions. The activated sector is a vareigated ragtag of human elements which cover the moral spectrum of human nature.

Aggressional Terms of Engagement:
The general principle that the target of an aggressive action may respond to said action with a force proportional and analogous to the aggressor force. This is summed up in the sentence that "the aggressor sets the terms of engagement." It is also summed up in the folk expression that "turnabout is fair play."

Absolute Otherness which cannot be incorporated - a radical, unassimilable difference.

See also: non-feminist alterity

Ambient Mode:
An organic model of non-feminist operation, in which the counter-feminist narrative enters the culture from distributed sources rather than from a singular point source. The counter-narrative is effectively all around you, in an ambient (or atmospheric) way.

Anglosphere, The:
Every region on planet Earth where the English language is commonly spoken.

Consciously formulated opposition to feminism as a movement or as an ideology. Not to be conflated with misogyny, which signifies disaffection toward females as a biological group.

See also: misogyny

Anti-male bias:
A presumptive moral "slant" in favor of women or girls. A deeply ingrained cultural tendency to consider females as more noble, more civilized, less violent, less dangerous, and so on. This can manifest in the form of lenient or preferential treatment, or as a tendency to believe the female side of the story when a conflict with men occurs. Anti-male bias is not the same as misandry, because it is a broader category - that is, not all anti-male bias entails conscious disaffection toward males.

See also: misandry

Androcentric Narrative Voice:
A style of political expression employed by many anti-feminist males, where the speaker seems to be communicating from the male-subjective standpoint of "a man among men" (or "us blokes"). Also known as the "male clubhouse perspective", the androcentric voice is integral to "men's rights" discourse. It stands in contrast to the mountain-top view and pure anti-feminism. 

See also: mountain-top view, pure anti-feminism


Battle for Feminism's Soul, The:
The battle to define feminism’s core minimum in both a moral and practical sense and, by so doing, gain pragmatic, real-world control over feminism’s narrative.

In effect, this means that "feminism IS what we say it is." Hence the "inside" knowledge of a self-declared feminist is worth no more than the "outside" knowledge which others can bring forward -- the latter perspective can be as  revelatory or determinative as any other.

The battle for feminism's soul is the battle against feminist subjectivism -- the battle to control the definition of feminism itself and to normativize this understanding within the broader culture.  In that way, feminism is forced onto the defensive and into retreat.

See also: feminist narrative, feminist subjectivism

Belief Perseverance:
The tendency to cling to an established belief even when the information is incorrect or the evidence points to a contrary conclusion.

See also: cognitive dissonance

Bubblegum Feminist: 
Typically, a perky young woman in her teens to early twenties. (Alternately, a femmy-bopper.) Not overtly hateful, but stuffed with feminist lingo and catch phrases.  Limited horizons and life experience, intellectually two inches deep, but eager to inform you that you don't really know what feminism is. A bubblegum feminist is keen to quote the dictionary definition of feminism for your benefit, as if you had never heard it anywhere else.

Bulkhead Statement:
A special kind of manifesto, composed for either an individual or a group, with the purpose of differentiating that individual or group from superficially similar entities that it might tend to be conflated with. Bulkhead statements are inspired by the cautionary maxim of "define yourself or be defined". 

The term "bulkhead" is metaphorical, and refers to the containment walls inside the hull of a ship. These walls create cellular spaces which prevent outside influences   (e.g. water or shifting cargo)  from affecting whatever the space contains. In the case of a bulkhead statement, it prevents outside meanings and imputations from disordering the content of a political identity.


Checker Player:
One whose thinking is shaped by simplistic narratives, club affiliations, and a purely linear battle psychology. A naive realist in political terms. Lacks "meta-game" and lateral thinking ability. More of a tactician than a strategist.

Cognitive Dissonance:
The state of holding inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as regards behavioral decisions and attitude change. Cognitive dissonance is commonly found among feminists.

Cognitive Fragmentation:
A condition where the nature of something is mystified by making it seem to be a number of different and possibly opposed things. The nature of feminism is mystified in precisely such a manner. The knower's knowledge of feminism is literally fragmented, or reduced to scattered pieces whose relationship with each other is no longer apparent.

Confirmation Bias:
The tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories. Confirmation bias is a staple method in the feminist bag of tricks, and is typically used to confirm anti-male bias.

See also: anti-male bias, belief perseverance

Collaborationist (or Collaborator):
A male person who goes beyond simple gynocentrism and gives political or intellectual support to feminist ideology.

Color of Feminism:

A quality which controls any behavior where the feminist worldview, or any aspect of it, is taken for granted and permitted to set the terms. One is said to speak or act "under color of feminism." Color of feminism is a manifestation of feminist triumphalism.

See also: feminist triumphalism

A mental or rhetorical operation where two or more distinct objects are conceptually melded, and made to appear as one. Conflation is a standard practice in feminist propaganda, where an odious thing is conflated with an innocuous thing in order to impute the odium of the former to the latter. This is sometimes called the stinkbug effect, and is a corollary to guilt by association.
Conflation is more informally referred to as "lumping".

See also: stinkbug effect, guilt by association

Cooperation Spiral, The: 
A four part process marked by the following stages:
1. Feminists lie: that is how they operate, and they can't stop doing it. If they did, feminism would literally cease to exist.

2. Critical examination: activated non-feminist people deconstruct and ridicule feminist lies.

3. Middle Mass awakening: politically unaware people start waking up to the truth about feminism, and gravitating toward the activated non-feminist sector.

4. Feminism v. Reality: feminists go into denial, and "act out" in crazy, embarrassing ways. Finally, this leads back to stage one, where they try to escape by telling more lies.
The cooperation spiral embodies a "cooperation" between feminist and non-feminist, toward the goal of feminism's eventual collapse and social death. The name "cooperation spiral" is a bit of an inside joke, based on the recurrent behavior of certain feminists who say things like "why can't we cooperate?" The cooperation spiral illustrates the only way that such "cooperation" can ever possibly happen.

Infographic of the cooperation spiral, here:

This term may be understood in two different senses.
First: counter-feminism is an alternative to "anti-feminism" (i.e. opposition to feminism). The word anti-feminism is ambiguous - it can be taken to mean either "against feminism", or "against females". Feminists are aware of this, and continually trade upon the ambiguity by conflating those two meanings. When they say that something is "anti-feminist", it is not precisely clear which sense we should apply. This exploits the average person's naive tendency to assume that anti-feminist simply means anti-female or even misogynist. So the feminist strategy here is to brand all critique of feminism as being "anti-woman". The term "counter-feminism" interferes with that, because it makes conflation difficult. (What could "counter-female" or "counter-woman" possibly mean?)

Second: counter-feminism is a system of sociopolitical analysis and strategic practice, refined over many years. At its core, counter-feminism establishes non-feminist alterity (otherness) as the psychological base of all operations which oppose feminism. Furthermore, counter-feminist analysis defines feminism as both a social organism (the femplex), and as a system of energy that must remain in motion in order to keep existing (perpetual revolution).

See also: anti-feminism, femplex, non-feminist alterity, perpetual revolution.

Counter-feminist Culture of Critique:
A project in the works. An anticipated future state where opposition to feminism, and all manner of criticism of it, will become normativized and commonplace. The sheer number of people involved will make it impossible for any feminist repression to operate, and feminists themselves will have no choice but "grin and bear it".  The culture of critique may be considered a manifestation of the non-feminist breakout.

See also: activated non-feminist sector, intellectual audit of feminism, non-feminist breakout

Critical Non-feminism:
A lack of feminism which goes a step further in that it voices a critical attitude toward feminism.

See also: activated non-feminist sector, anti-feminism, counter-feminism, counter-feminist culture of critique, critical non-feminist

Critical Non-feminist:
A person who practices critical non-feminism.

See also: critical non-feminism

Current Year Fallacy, The:

A way to score debating points quickly, used by many feminists. This fallacy consists of mocking an opponent's standpoint by stating the present calendar year, under the assumption that such information invalidates the standpoint


Dictionary Fallacy, The:

The idea, dearly loved by many feminists, that the dictionary definition of feminism actually tells you what feminism is. In truth, it only tells you what a given person wants to believe, or have you believe, that feminism is. It is an exercise in "talking about talking", which describes linguistic conventions rather than the objective state of the world.

See: feminist subjectivism


Ebb and Flow, The:
A classic counter-feminist activism cycle, witnessed and chronicled many times. At the outset of a novel activity (e.g. postering), the feminists react wildly because they have never seen it before and are taken by surprise. This stage constitutes the "flow". The reaction generates adverse publicity for their side, so they quickly pipe down and pretend to ignore the activity. This stage constitutes the "ebb". But although they pretend to ignore the activity, their tension simmers. Finally, they can't take it any more, and the next "flow" arrives as a renewed bout of reaction. The cycle continues. . .

Emotional Reasoning:
A cognitive process where a feminist believes that his or her feelings are true regardless of the evidence. For example, from a feeling of guilt when feminism's offenses are exposed, concluding that the speaker is a "misogynist". Emotional reasoning, which is common to feminism at large, amplifies the effects of other cognitive distortions.

Empathy Apartheid:
The tendency to treat male suffering dismissively, while female suffering gets a strong empathic response and a call for amelioration. Empathy apartheid (alternately called the empathy gap) is an aspect of gynocentrism.

See: gynocentrism, gynonormativism, male disposability

In mathematical terms, the state of an equation, where both sides of an equal sign amount to the same thing. In feminist terms, the continual redistribution of the tangible and intangible goods of life --  from men, to women.

Equality, in its non-mathematical usage, is an essentially contested concept. It is effectively a fetish with a halo. On close examination, this concept proves to be "more shucks than nubbin."

Eurosphere. The:
All Europe exclusive of England. 

The mode of being that consists in interaction with other things.


Female Hypoagency:

The cultural tendency to deny that women have agency. An apparent belief that women are not actors in their own lives, but only acted upon. This refers to imputed rather than real lack of agency. The outcome is, that if a woman does something culpable she will be immune from blame. One tangible result of female hypoagency is the tendency to sentence female offenders more lightly than male offenders for the same crime.  Feminism makes use of female hypoagency quite extensively, and banks upon its prior existence in traditional non-feminist culture. Female hypoagency also plays a role in gynocentrism.

See: gynocentrism, male hyperagency

Female Supremacism:
A doctrine or implicit belief that the controlling power in most areas of life ought to be, directly or indirectly, a female power. The advocacy, or anticipation of, female supremacy. Female supremacism flows as a strong undercurrent in feminist discourse. Since female supremacy stands as a teleological endpoint of real-world feminist development, female supremacism may be considered synonymous with the word feminism itself.

See: feminism, female supremacy

Female Supremacy:
The final outcome or realization of female supremacism as a policy. The belief translated into living practice.

See: female supremacism

The project to increase the power of women with no clearly understood limit or endpoint. Since that project would by nature generate a state of female supremacy, it is accurate to use feminism and female supremacism as interchangeable terms.

See: female Supremacism, female supremacy

As a noun, this term signifies a believer in, or practitioner of, feminism.

As an adjective, this term signifies anything bearing the qualities or attributes of feminism. When prefixed to a noun, it may insinuate that there is something fishy about the object in question.

Feminist Aggression: 
Feminist aggression is the model which defines nearly all feminist behavior toward the non-feminist sector. Feminism operates by the principle of perpetual revolution, which dictates that it cannot survive if it does not perpetually assimilate new cultural territory beyond its existing boundaries. The nature of such expansion is aggressive, and every interaction between feminism and the world beyond it necessarily works to effect the expansion.

See also: perpetual revolution

Feminist Apologetics:
A mode of discourse concerned with the defense or justification of feminism. Sometimes sarcastically referred to as femsplaining.

Feminist Memory Hole, The:
A feminist proclivity to evade accountability for past feminist words, ideas or actions by conveniently "forgetting" them, as if they had never happened. A way of erasing history. This effect operates both in the daily micro-span of conversation, and the historical macro-span of years.

Feminist Narrative, The:
The official chronicle of reality as feminist thinkers would have us understand it. The historically-framed model (according to feminism) of what is happening, where this is coming from, and where it is going. The ecology of signification, parsed in terms of a theoretical construct. Nearly everything a feminist might tell you issues from the feminist narrative.

See also: myth of feminism.

Feminist Omiscience:
A belief, common to many feminists, that one can know more things about faceless strangers on the internet than is realistically possible with the information those people have actually provided.

Feminist Problem, The:
Feminism viewed abstractly, as a challenge or political difficulty which taxes our powers of response, but needs imperatively to be overcome if the future well-being of humanity has any value.

Feminist Road, The:

The necessary trajectory of future feminist development, which can only be in the direction of radical feminism. In this context, so-called "liberal feminism" must either develop in a radical direction, or confront the looming spectre of its own irrelevance and obsolescence. In practice, all progression along the feminist road is marked by a continual shifting of the Overton window.

See also: Overton window

Feminist Self-Disclosure:
A requirement, placed upon all feminists, to make their feminist standpoint explicitly known at the start of any discussion of an ideologically feminist flavor, or any public communication where feminist ideology is a defining element. This is meant to counteract the operation of feminist triumphalism and feminist subjectivism. Feminist self-disclosure is considered a point of common courtesy. Failure, by any feminist, to self-disclose, is considered a violation of protocol.

See: feminist subjectivism, feminist triumphalism

Feminist Subjectivism:
The feminist assumption that non-feminist people don't know what feminism really is.

The feminist assumption that feminism is universally understood according to the same definition, that feminists have an exclusive right to formulate this definition, or that a feminist frame of reference is assumed within any conversational setting.

The failure to consider that non-feminist reasons for rejecting feminism might compose some portion of the truth about feminism.

See: feminist triumphalism

Feminist Triumphalism:
The idea that feminism is absolutely, categorically and objectively "right", beyond all further discussion, for all time. Hence it is triumphant, and trumps any possible alternative standpoint. A feminist triumphalist will believe him or herself to be "on the right side of history."

Femplex, The:
Feminism as a social organism, viewed as a dynamic pattern of things existing in the objective world rather than merely an idea. The femplex may be visualized as the sum total of forces and factors which contribute to the feminist power structure across society - effectively, a cultural supply chain.

The femplex may also be described as a cultural watershed, as summed up in the sentence "every anti-male stream feeds the feminist river. "

This heuristical term is a portmanteau drawn from the phrase FEMinistical Operations ComPLEX. The odd word "feministical" hints at the imprecision of feminism's operational boundaries. It is not always directly apparent where feminism ends and the rest of the world begins, but the counter-feminist project works to make this clear.


Global Escapism:
A conversational deflection method employed by many feminists. Global escapism is normally used when somebody, in converse with a feminist, makes a strong case that women are not terribly oppressed. The feminist will then shift the focus to remote, non-western countries where women are supposedly raped, exploited, and barbarously treated on a routine basis. In this manner, the feminist is "escaping" to a different part of the globe, hence, global escapism.

One who embodies the middle ground fallacy (or "goldilocks fallacy"). A politically naive person who believes there is a "just right" position situated somewhere along the spectrum between extreme feminism and extreme anti-feminism. A Goldilocks, who fails in the necessary lateral thinking, is still operating within feminism's intellectual gravity field.

See also: middle ground fallacy

The practice of placing women's safety, comfort and general well-being at the center of social or political concern, and structuring life in the objective service of such interests. Gynocentrism can be found among men of all political persuasions, from left to right. Within feminism, gynocentrism takes on additional traits which transform it into a thing called gyno-normativism.

See also: gynonormativism

The practice of prioritizing the feminine point of view hierarchically within the culture, on both a political and interpersonal level. In particular, males are pressured to adopt a supposed feminine system of values as a component of their authentic personality.  In this manner gynonormativism is totalitarian. We would understand feminism as a gynonormative project, while acknowledging that it could not have come into operation without a preexisting base of gynocentrism in the traditional culture.

Gynonormativization is integral to the establishment of female supremacy.
See also: gynocentrism


Home Truth:
An unpleasant truth told to a person about himself, which the person does not want to hear. Similarly, an unpleasant truth about feminism, told to feminists, which feminists do not want to hear.  A standard procedure in counter-feminist information operations is "speaking the home truth to feminist power."


Intellectual Audit of Feminism, The:

The ongoing project to scrutinize, exhaustively and at great length, all feminist claims and theories, with a view to determining their ultimate truth value. It is reckoned that the intellectual audit of feminism will take many years. Until this project has been rigorously carried to completion, no feminist claim or theory is bound to be accepted by anybody.

The Audit is an entry-level project open to all non-feminists, but the participation of degree-holding academics is sought and encouraged, as is the establishment of an institutional beachhead on university campuses.

See also: counter-feminist culture of critique


Key Idea:
An element introduced into a conversation which unlocks the door to a distinctly different realm of discourse, and to a succession of questions which channel the talk in a calculated direction. Key ideas may be chosen, and their introduction planned for best effect.


Male Disposability:
Prioritization of female life, safety, comfort and provisioning over that of men and boys. May be understood as a component of gynocentrism.

See also: gynocentrism, empathy apartheid

Male Feminist:

A male person who has internalized the feminist worldview, often for reasons of guilt, self-loathing, or a desire to seek female approval. The male feminist will typically exhibit many traits of a cult follower, including the desire to proselytize. Male feminism is typically viewed as a mental aberration, and to call a man a male feminist is not a compliment. 

Male Hyperagency:
The cultural tendency to hold men responsible for all things that women are not. This is an imputed rather than actual condition. Male hyperagency plays a vital role in misandry, anti-male bias, and gynocentrism.

Male Space:
1.) Any time and place where men or boys are present and women or girls are absent.

2.) The ensemble of such times and places viewed abstractly, as a principle or as a social institution.

The concept of male space is emotionally fraught and politically loaded. A feminist will view male space as a vestige of "patriarchy" (read: male power) which ought to be erased as far as possible. By contrast, a pro-male advocate will view male space as a sacred right to be cherished and even extended.

An insulting portmanteau word, derived from a combination of man and vagina. Refers to a certain class of (typically left-wing) males, who are characterized by gynonormativism, intellectual allegiance to feminism, self-loathing on account of their maleness, and a tendency to proselytize naive young men.

This political term gets thrown around commonly by rookies, but is used only sparingly by more discreet minds.

See also: collaborationist, gynonormativism, white knight

Manichean Essentialism:

A deeply embedded psychological belief system which lies at the core of feminist thought and action. Disaffection toward men and things male is the driving component of all feminism, and manichean essentialism is the driving component of this driving component.

In feminist terms, manichean essentialism may be understood as a belief that women are essentially "better" than men, and that all dysfunctionality in the human situation may be traced to a male source. Captured in the popular phrase "men are the problem."

An acronym which signifies "men going their own way". An objective historical phenomenon, arising from the political situation of men and boys under the feminist regime. Due to the toxic effect of feminist innovation, males in growing numbers are turning to a life of practical self-sufficiency and rational self-interest. A core component of this, is a tendency to eschew marriage and relationships with women due to the very real dangers these things present. 

The MGTOW phenomenon is symptomatic of a collapse of the social contract between males, and society at large. The rise of this phenomenon may be traced to the rise of radical feminism - which classifies women as a political sex class, and sets the male population under a form of collective guilt.

MGTOW Sectarians, The:

A socio-political tribe which views the broader MGTOW phenomenon as a kind of cult under its exclusive control. MGTOW sectarians  reduce the spectrum of MGTOW phenomenology to a clique or club with membership rules - one is ether "in" or "out". Use of the indefinite article is also revealing: a MGTOW sectarian will speak of any given person as "a" MGTOW, or not "a" MGTOW.

A more generous construction is, that any male person can have a "MGTOW realization", and by so doing become participatory in the broader MGTOW phenomenon.

MGTOW sectarians also have a gynocentric focus on women and relationships as the "main plot" for all of MGTOW, rather than viewing it in broad, abstract (but more dignified) world-historic or political terms.

Middle Ground Fallacy, The:
(Alternately: the Goldilocks fallacy.) A notion common to the politically naive, which assumes that radical feminists and radical anti-feminists are opposed ends of a continuum, and that "the truth" (the speaker's own position) lies at some ideal midpoint. The actual truth, in point of fact, lies more in the direction of anti-feminism.

See also: Goldilocks

Middle Mass, The:
A demographic sector where people have a weak affective "charge" on the subject of feminism. At times they mildly oppose it, at other times they mildly favor it, but either way their understanding is superficial.

Disaffection toward males as a class, irrespective of individual character. Misandry is a core element of feminism, yet many feminists are dismissive of the  very idea, declaring that misandry either doesn't exist or ought not to be taken seriously.

Disaffection toward females as a class, irrespective of individual character. "Misogyny" and "misogynist" are used irresponsibly by feminists, often with no clear bearing upon reality.

Misogynistic Shift, The:
The tendency for misogyny (disaffection toward females) to show a net increase over time, when the force of feminist innovation makes itself felt in a society. Whatever misogyny was initially present, will be incremented. Thus, a person who was very slightly disdainful of women will become moderately so, and a person who was moderately disdainful of women will become extremely so. Effectively, the presence of feminism in a society will cause misogyny to grow.

See also: misogyny

Modern Feminism:

This expression may be considered Goldilocks terminology. It upholds the idea that there was a noble "just right" feminism in the past which somehow got swept to the curb by a pernicious recent version. It fails to consider that the seeds of corruption were present from feminism's very earliest days. So-called "modern" feminism is nothing more than feminism with the mask off.

See also: Goldilocks, middle ground fallacy

Moral Autarky of the Non-feminist Sector, The:
The right of all non-feminist men and women, whether individually or collectively, to operate independently of feminist moral regulation. No moral pronouncement spoken under color of feminism is binding upon any non-feminist man or woman, or upon the non-feminist sector in general.

See also: color of feminism

Mountain-top View, The:
A highly objective way of thinking and talking, which frames the situation in terms of a map where all political groups and forces may be viewed as if from a commanding height.

A feminist political construct, commonly used as a slur against those who are outspokenly critical of feminism - non-feminist people who get "uppity", in other words. As an acronym, this term is said to signify "men's rights activist (or advocate)." In non-feminist lexicon, it may have significations differing from the feminist usage.

Myth of Feminism, The:
The officially stated version of feminism, as given by various feminist authorities and the followers who echo them.

See also: feminist subjectivism, feminist triumphalism


The absence or negation of feminism. A superordinate category which encompasses anti-feminism, i.e. every anti-feminist is a non-feminist, but not every non-feminist is an anti-feminist. The difference between non-feminist and anti-feminist is often summarized as follows:

"A non-feminist is an anti-feminist waiting to happen, and an anti-feminist is a non-feminist in a hurry."

See also: critical non-feminism, anti-feminism

Non-feminist Alterity:
The primordial, uncompromised otherness of the world beyond feminism. The complete moral and intellectual autonomy of that world in relation to feminism or any aspect of the feminist worldview. Even when a non-feminist agrees with a feminist, it will be for reasons non-derivative of feminist ideology.

The counter-feminist culture of critique is an expression of non-feminist alterity. It establishes itself by taking control of the definition of the word "feminism".

See also: counter-feminist culture of critique, non-feminist autonomy

Non-feminist Autonomy:
The sovereignty, or separate cultural nationhood, of the non-feminist sector in relation to the feminist sector.

See also: non-feminist alterity, non-feminist sector

Non-feminist Breakout, The:
A tipping point in the non-feminist revolution, where people who are not feminist will find the self-assurance and strength in numbers to openly voice their indifference to feminism, or their opposition to it.

Non-feminist Insecurity:
A mindset common to politically embryonic non-feminists. The subject is anxious to avoid "guilt by association", and makes a great show of assuring everybody that he or she is not like certain unsavory people who also happen to be non-feminist.  The insecure non-feminist has not yet realized that he or she has no burden to prove anything, but that others have a burden to not make assumptions. Non-feminist insecurity is alternately known as association anxiety.

Non-feminist Revolution, The:
The sum of personal or political opposition to feminist innovation, distributed across the entire culture. The non-feminist revolution should be understood as a collection of actions rather than a collection of people.

Non-feminist Sector, The:
The entirety of the universe exclusive of feminism. All aspects of existence which feminist theory is not competent to explain. The collective social body of people who are not feminist.

Obligation to Persuade:
The feminist duty to make feminism pleasing and acceptable to non-feminist people. Feminism is understood as a product, in the marketplace of ideas, that must be "sold" to the customer by persuasion. The customer is under no obligation to buy, ever. Nor is the customer obligated to give any reason for his or her decision to buy, or not buy, feminism.

Overton Window, The:

The range of ideas considered acceptable in the prevailing climate of public opinion, which a politician can espouse without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.


Paradigm Paralysis:
The inability or refusal to see beyond the current models of thinking. Loosely related to confirmation bias and subjective validation.

See also: confirmation bias, subjective validation

A feminist word which signifies "male power". Since any male person has a certain amount of power by virtue of simply existing, patriarchy more broadly signifies "men or maleness".

Perpetual Revolution:
The state of perpetual motion, or "infinite game", which defines the operation of feminism. Feminism literally cannot exist if it does not keep moving, and it cannot keep moving if it does not extend its reach into cultural sectors which remain untouched by feminist innovation. We say that "feminism's being is identical with its being in motion." Feminism resembles a weather phenomenon such as a tornado - it is understandable only as a pattern of energy which agitates the air through which it moves, in accordance with certain principles.

An approach to the feminist problem which recognizes feminism as a moral juggernaut that will never yield to logical persuasion. Hence, post-argumentalism operates on the maxim that "feminism is not owed the courtesy of a debate."

Post-argumentalism does not exclude argument as a method. Rather, it opposes the naive and childish idea that political headway can only be made by talking feminists out of feminism. Hence, post-argumentalism excludes argument or debate not as a method, but as a principal or necessary method. It reduces argument or debate to a supplementary, secondary method.

The practice of bespeaking in advance (or "predicting") the arrival of certain outcomes under certain conditions. One says "if present conditions persist, certain things are likely to happen." Many feminists have a tendency to assign prescriptive value to predictive statements. A useful mnemonic phrase would be: "Prediction is not prescription."

Primary Aggressor Status of Feminism, The:
Feminism, as a movement and ideology, is an upstart which has arrived in the world rather recently. The manner of feminism's advent has been one of aggressive imposition upon a prior situation. Hence, feminism is understood to be the first (or "primary") aggressor in the present conflict.

The practice of recommending (or "prescribing") a certain course of action or a certain outcome. One says "we ought to do x, y or z". Many feminists have a tendency to assign prescriptive value to statements that are merely predictive. A useful mnemonic phrase would be: "Prediction is not prescription."

Projection of Responsibility:
A feminist practice, in which  blame for an action or ongoing condition is projected (or shifted) onto a non-feminist agent. One example would be the growth of  "misogyny", which is largely due to feminist efforts to alienate men and women from each other. This is, however, invariably blamed on men or "toxic masculinity". Another example would be initiating an attack upon a non-feminist person or group, and calling it an attack when that person or group strikes back.

Protocols of Diplomatic Engagement:
The standards of diplomatic courtesy and tact which feminists are expected to use in their dealings with non-feminist people. Among other things, this includes a basic respect for non-feminist alterity and autonomy, and the requirement to treat each non-feminist man or woman as an individual without making that person the subject of the conversation.

See also: non-feminist alterity, non-feminist autonomy

Propagated information of any sort, spread by design, either publicly or privately, for calculated effect. Some, but not all propaganda, may be classified as public rhetoric.

Public Rhetoric:
Communication known to broad masses of people, whether by design or by accident, and commonly known to emanate from oneself or one's group. Some, but not all propaganda, may be classified as public rhetoric.

Public Square Effect, The:
A phenomenon in which mutual knowledge may be established and may commence to grow. Mutual knowledge means the state where "everybody knows, and everybody knows that everybody knows." It is the condition of a crowd in a plaza listening to a speech - they are all hearing it, and they all know that they are all hearing it, so that in the end, whatever gets heard, it is known by all to be known by all.

Pure Anti-feminism (or Strict Anti-feminism):
A manifestation of anti-feminism in which the operator eschews the androcentric narrative voice.

See also: androcentric voice, anti-feminism


Radical Feminism:
The branch of feminism which classifies women as a political sex class, postulates male power as "patriarchy", and proposes systematic, deep structural change to all existing institutions along with the establishment of a radically different cultural worldview.

Radical feminism should be known for what it is: the core of feminism, and not the fringe. Feminism must continue to grow and evolve through time, and radical feminism is the only form it can ultimately assume. It should be added that radical feminism cannot be understood in isolation from misandry.

See also: misandry

Redstockings Manifesto, The:
A political tract, published in New York City in 1969, by the feminist group "Redstockings." This manifesto is considered a prime distillation of core feminist ideology. It is composed as a series of numbered paragraphs, and is replete with foreshadowings of later developments in the growth of the feminist regime. Much of it sounds eerily prophetic, and many present-day feminists who have never heard of it sound like they are quoting it. People in the early stages of counter-feminist awakening are often given this text as part of their early learning.

Rhetorical Discipline:

The art of discreet and politic speech, a sense of when to follow the rules and when to break them. The practice of designing your public rhetoric so as to achieve maximum political efficiency in terms of a goal. In counter-feminist terms, this means crafting your speaking and writing in a streamlined way that makes it hard for your feminist opponents to find anything they can effectively use against you. By such practice, one is said to minimize grappling points. The ultimate purpose of rhetorical discipline is to do the greatest possible damage to the feminist power structure.

The full essay on rhetorical discipline may be read here:


SCUM Manifesto, The:
Feminism's magnetic north. The most radically, quintessentially feminist statement ever made.This rambling essay was published in 1968 by the feminist Valerie Solanas, and paints the quintessential psychic truth about feminism in garish colors. Plenty of feminists will disown Solanas and her work, yet the SCUM Manifesto continues to be a strong cultural undercurrent in feminist community.

Sector System, The:
A fundamental division of socio-political space into two portions, or sectors: the feminist, and the non-feminist.

Signal Differentiation:

The practice of refining your message (or realm of discourse) with such precision and individuation of style or content that it will not be conflated with anybody else's message. Maximizes signal and keeps noise to a minimum. Failure to practice signal differentiation has cumulative consequences, which pile up over the course of time and become progressively harder to correct. 

State, The:

The repository of the power to issue final commands in the service of the social contract.

Stinkbug Effect, The:
The operative principle of Pavlovian set-binding, by which an odious object (the "stinkbug") is conceptually lumped or conflated  with a range of other objects, in order to impart the same foul odor to all of those objects. One example would be conflating the mass-murderer Elliot Rodger with people who oppose feminism.

Streisand Effect, The:
The phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of making the information more widely known -- often facilitated by the internet.

Subjective Validation:
Perception that something is true if a subject's belief system requires it to be true. Subjective validation also assigns perceived connections between coincidences. Closely related to confirmation bias.

Feminism, as a narrative-driven ideology, depends on subjective validation.

See also: confirmation bias, paradigm paralysis


Talking-point Trick, The:
A tendency, displayed by many feminists, to treat feminism as if it were identical with the issues or talking points that compose its discourse. Thus, if you declare yourself opposed to feminism, a feminist might demand to know why you approve of glass ceilings, wage gaps, marital rape, or street harassment.

Target Consensus:
A generally held non-feminist agreement on what feminism is and how it is manifested in the world. Target consensus refers not to a presently existing fact, but to a goal that ought to be reached if non-feminist people wish to combine their operations effectively.

Top Dog Fallacy, The:
The cognitive fallacy that those who hold administrative posts in higher echelons will exercise power in a uniformly predictable way. Feminism postulates that they will do so specifically to the detriment of women. This claim is unsupported, and since the administrators in question are assumed to be male, it is also sexist.   

Two-Frame System, The:
A way of organizing the counter-feminist narrative and establishing different orientations for different purposes. This consists of the following:

Frame One: Feminist v. Non-feminist

Frame Two: Anti-male v. Pro-male

A given discourse may be controlled by either of these frames exclusively, or by alternating both of them in a timed and calculated manner.

In the tendency known as "strict anti-feminism", public rhetoric and propaganda is almost exclusively governed by first-frame (frame one) discourse.

Trimtab Effect, The:
The principle that a small, carefully designed system combined with rigorous discipline in its operation, may have a disproportional or controlling effect upon much larger events.  A controlling microcosm. This metaphorical concept originated with R. Buckminster Fuller.


Unicorn Feminist:
A person who self-labels as a feminist, yet shows very little sign of actually being one. "Unicorn feminist" is an ad hoc "holding tank" category, a place to keep such people until they see their way to shucking off the "feminist" label altogether Since unicorns are not real, this term conveys the understanding that such people are not really feminist. 

Universal Non-feminist Credo, The:
A brief statement containing a set of core ideas that nearly any self-declared non-feminist would agree upon. The credo, given as follows, is meant to establish a baseline understanding and core unity among all people who oppose feminism:
We have studied feminism and considered its implications in the context of human history. Having done so, we choose not to identify with feminism and not to be bound by it. Simply put, we conclude that feminism is not a preferred choice.
As non-feminist, we occupy a critical standpoint independent of feminist presupposition. On the merit of our standpoint, we claim the authority to define feminism in independent terms by the light of independent study. In principle, feminism IS what we say it is. The power to define feminism is not a sole feminist privilege.  

We shall uphold non-feminist autonomy and secure non-feminist existence against feminist imposition, in whatever form this may arise.

The present statement may be considered foundational. Future associations or clubs may incorporate this material into their manifestos or charters, and augment the material as they see fit.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent scholarship.
    Some terms however seem to be missing.

    Please see: