By the time the new edition of The Dial is released on May 15, 2018, the definitions of “literature” and “feminism” will have been refined to include a host of new definitions.
For instance, “feminists” and “[feminist writers] tend to be more critical, more critical of the system, less interested in what others have to say.”
(It also notes that “feminisms can include some types of romantic relationships.”)
In short, the definition of feminist literature has been refined and “in some ways, it has been a lot more inclusive” than it was for The Dial, said Rachel Kavanagh, director of the Center for Women, Gender and Culture at the University of Maryland.
But Kavanag also said the book’s definition of feminism was still “a bit vague.””[The Dial] has been very helpful for me because I think it’s helpful to look at some of these broader definitions of feminism,” she said.
“But, at the same time, we’re also talking about the different ways that different people see the word.
So, I think there’s a lot of flexibility in how people think about feminism.”
While there have been some notable advances for “femininity” in recent years, Kavanah noted that “the whole definition of the word has been really fluid” in the past.
“It’s a bit like a language,” she told NPR.
“I think we’re all just going to have to learn how to be consistent.
The Dial really is the place to start.”
For those unfamiliar with the term, “femina” is a gender-neutral term for women, and “fems” is the term used to refer to women who are either in a relationship or who have experienced it.
A definition from The Dial notes that feminism is “the belief that women are capable of making their own choices and their own decisions, and that society should do a better job of supporting their ability to do that.”
It’s also worth noting that while the definition does not explicitly say what it means to be a feminist, it does include a section on “gender issues” which “explains why it is important to recognize the ways that men and women are treated differently on the basis of gender.”