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Archive for July 2nd, 2010

Is Feminism Ripe for a Fourth Wave?

Posted by Curt on Friday, 2 July 2010

There’s been a lot of talk going around lately about this new Fourth Wave of feminism.  I must admit that I am not a very big fan of this Wave model of feminism – it seems like it’s only counted as a “Wave” as soon as it becomes the prevailing feminist view in academia.  But nevertheless, it’s the terminology most widely used when talking about feminist history and most generally agree with Jen Nedeau’s characterization of the waves of feminism thus far:

“If the First Wave was about access, the Second Wave about equality and the Third Wave about diversity – what will the Fourth Wave be about?”

Good question.  I’m not the only person out there who’s came to the conclusion that feminism, as it currently exists, by itself is no way to achieve gender equality yet is not anti-woman or a traditionalist, even if I arrived there for different reasons.  However, unlike me, there’s a number who do not appear willing to give up the label of feminism; rather, they seem to be trying to co-opt it for their own agenda.  You’ll notice many conservatives trying to do this exact thing and call themselves “Fourth Wavers”.  They may be politically motivated, but it doesn’t undercut the main point they’re making, the one that I think truly matters: that the Fourth Wave will be about inclusiveness. Read the rest of this entry »

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