n. A movement that acknowledges and celebrates the ways in which women are different from men (cf. feminist).

Example Citations:
“What my book does, I think, is say, Let’s look at ourselves and not feel defensive,” says Mill Valley writer Dianne Hale, author of “Just Like a Woman: How Gender Science Is Redefining What Makes Us Female” (Bantam), published last month. Hale and the authors of the two similar books have been described as “femaleists” rather than feminists.
—Joan Ryan “Men, Women, Apples and Oranges,” The San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 1999

Femaleists argue that, given equal training opportunities and encouragement, women could also overtake men in medium-distance events.

In her new book, Natalie Angier, hailed as a leader of the femaleist movement, says women are far stronger than they have ever realized.
—Tom Robbins, “Gender gap closing fast in sports,” The Toronto Star, March 14, 1999

Earliest Citation:
The femaleist premise could be summarized as: Yes, we are different—wanna make something of it?
—Barbara Ehrenreich, “The Real Truth About The Female Body,” Time, March 1, 1999

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