Seeking Contributions: What Does the Word "Feminist" Mean to You?

TOFemCo is looking for podcast contributions, blog posts, and any visual content (crafts, comics, photos, memes, typography) for Episode 10 of Underwire.

We're looking for people who would be interested in talking about the word "feminist" and their relationship to that term, as well their thoughts on how “feminist” has been stereotyped and stigmatized. We want to know about how you were first introduced to feminism, and what your process has been in deciding to identify as a feminist (or not). Does the term “feminist” feel safe and inclusive for you? What could we do to make it so for yourself and for others? Is there another term that you identify with more? We want to hear about it!

Prompts to shape your story:

  • What was your first encounter with feminism?

  • How did you become a feminist?

  • What does “feminist” or feminism means to you?

  • Do you think feminism has a branding problem?

  • What can we do to de-stigmatize the word feminist?

  • What can we do to ensure everyone feels included or proud to call themselves a feminist? (including cis-men, etc.)

  • What can we do to raise awareness around intersectional feminism and what it means and why it is important?

We’re also interested in quick, rapid-fire Q&A style responses to the following questions:

  1. What's the first word you think of when you hear the term "feminist"?
  2. What do you think is the first word non-feminists think of when they hear "feminist"?
  3. What do you think is the biggest misconception about feminists?
  4. What is the worst stereotype or negative connotation associated with the word feminist?
  5. What does intersectional feminism mean to you?
  6. What is the best definition of feminism that you have encountered so far (and by who? or make up your own!)

You can touch on all, a few or one of the questions.

Contribution Guidelines:

Contact us no later than September 12 2016 to tell us that you are interested. Please include a sentence on how you identify and which questions/prompts you may cover. In response you will receive instructions on how to record (if applicable) and submit your contributions.

Please note, our aim is to centre the voices of people from marginalized communities (queer/ trans/ genderqueer/ indigenous/ racialized/ working-class/ poor/ fat-bodied/ disabled/ sex workers/ people with experiences of mental health etc.)

For examples of recording contributions, listen to Episode 7: Summer Bodies.


Recordings (max. 3 minutes)-- September 14, 2016.

Blog Posts (max. 1000 words)-- September 21, 2016.

All others-- September 25, 2016.

If you're interested, or have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to reach out to us! Email us at with the subject line “Ep 10 Contribution”.

Please feel free to share widely with anyone you know who might be interested!