WoFe

WoFe [woh·fee] n. a positive, self-identity feminist or girl power term that defines a "she" without using a "he" (male counterpart) unlike other words in the English language: i.e., she/he, woman/man, female/male, Et al..   *ref: combined form [wo(men) + fe(male)] coined circa June 19901 during a positive affirmation discussion at Upward Bound, an on campus Summer program for at-risk high school students that employs Stanford students as RAs (summer internship).



1As an Upward Bound RA, our Editor-in-Chief was a participant during the discussion in question and helped the young women present come up with a positive term for themselves by suggesting the "use of a rule of Stanfordese" (to combine abbreviated known words in order to make a new word form). The added benefit in this case is that shortening words for "girls" also removed the (root) words for "boys" making a feminist word by nature. The young girls in the program totally got into it.

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