Feminist Theory Of Feminism

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Introduction

How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited to feel welcome to participate in the conversation ( Watson, 2014). In the feminist perspective, which is an extension of feminism, there is support of equality for both women and men. Feminism is a belief that women and men have equal rights and opportunities. There are many different branches in the feminist perspective, one of the most interesting one is intersectional feminism. Intersectional feminism believes that experiences of class, gender, and race can not be adequately understood unless we understand that women of different races have different experiences.

Women of color are told everyday how they have to fit in with the beauty norms that
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This period was concurrent with the anti-war and civil rights movements. Still persistent issues that existed from the first wave carried on to the second wave. These issues regarded sexuality and reproductive rights (2005).

The third wave of feminism started in the mid-1990’s and is referred to as a response to the perceived failures of the second wave. In the third wave we saw a new type of feminist. The new feminist rejected that the notion of lipstick, high heels and exposed low cut necklines, identified with male oppression. (Feminist and Intersectionality, 2017). The third wave of feminism also was the first to emphasize that feminism was more specific to the rights of white women, rather than women on minorities.

Intersectional feminism is often times called black feminism. It was coined as a movement by Kimberlé

Crenshaw. The creation of this type of feminism was concurrent with the Civil Rights Movement. Crenshaw believed that the intersectionality experience of black women was far more powerful than the sum of their race and sex. She believed that observations that do not take intersectionality, fail to accurately address how black women are subordinate (DeFrancisco & Palczewski, 2007).

Intersectional feminism argues that gender, race and class are intersecting oppressions ( Jones e.t al, quoting Crenshaw, 2013). Intersectional feminism allows us to understand that while some women are subject to sexism, some women are greater affected because

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