Currently, Feminist Oasis is an experimental, exploratory, pop-up entity. We have a vision for what we will become in the future, but we are allowing ourselves the freedom to explore and learn alongside our community as we gain clarity on that vision. This mission and these values are things that we believe in, and which we expect may evolve as we listen to and collaborate with our community.
We organize to cultivate feminist community, advance equitable practices and build sustainable alternatives to systemic oppression.
We adapt our definition of feminism from that of feminist theorist bell hooks: feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression… to want for all people, female and male [and all genders], liberation from sexist role patterns, domination and oppression.
Our ongoing commitment to feminism is not one that seeks to reverse roles of oppression, but rather to dismantle oppression in service of a more equitable community for all.
- “Yes, And!” — This is a concept from the improv world, but it succinctly captures our attitude that there are not binary answers to all things, and there are many great solutions to any problem. We are exploring what the best approach is for our unique group of humans to address these issues and show up in the world. That doesn’t mean we reject the way you approach the same issue, or how you choose to show up in the world! “Yes, And!”
- Build Alternatives — We focus on building alternatives and will proudly use our voices to speak out for what we believe in. We don’t define ourselves by fighting against stuff, nor will we give up our political voice or shirk our responsibility to resist hatred and violence.
- Our feminism is intersectional and inclusive — We strive to be inclusive to those of all races, genders, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. We recognize our own privilege and amplify the voices of those whose oppression is different from our own. We work to enact policies and practices that are as inclusive as possible.
- “Is this real?” — We question the inevitability of unhealthy power structures and the cultural assumptions that come with them. We make physical objects and have in-person meetings where possible. We think twice before using colloquialisms. As often as we can, we step back, and ask: “Is this real?”
- First, Call in — It is sometimes necessary to call out problematic behavior. We seek to first “call in” — responding to differing viewpoints by acknowledging personal experiences, sharing information and creating an opportunity to learn from each other.
- Feminism transcends gender and political party — We invite individuals and representatives of all genders and policies to join us in this movement, as an ongoing commitment. We do not believe that one’s gender or party excludes them from a commitment to feminism and feminist practices, policies and goals.
- Hold ourselves and other accountable — We are accountable to our vision, for our words and for our actions. We welcome criticism and the opportunity to learn and grow. We use our privilege and our voice to inform those in positions of power (including those elected by us or profiting from us) of their responsibility to justice, and to hold them accountable to that responsibility.
- to organize spaces and experiences in pursuit of our mission
- to honor and elevate the work of historic feminist leaders and movements, and to learn from them and build upon them
- to explore alternative business and economic practices to dismantle white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy
- to create opportunities to learn about feminism, feminist community and feminist ways of doing business
- to work towards systemic justice
Our challenge is to balance these simultaneous goals:
- Hold the vision — Stay true to our mission and values
- Keep learning — Allow for new information to improve and update our approach
We strive to embody these attributes:
We believe that feminist issues include, but are not limited to:
- Racial justice
- Trans inclusivity
- LGBTQ equality
- Environmental justice
- Political representation
- Economic empowerment
- Bodily autonomy
- Refugee and immigrant rights
- Gender equality
Check back often — we expect this to be a work in progress. As always, we welcome your polite, engaged feedback* — contact us with your thoughts!
*”As always, we welcome your polite, engaged feedback” is a line from the introduction of the podcast Queery. Thanks, Cameron!