Third Wave Feminism : First And Second Wave

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Essay 2: Third Wave Feminism First and second wave feminists succeeded in legal and social rights. In addition, they achieved the right to vote, higher education, and the right to their own body. Although, third wave feminists obtained these rights, they differentiated from focusing on laws and political processes like first and second wave feminists did. Instead, third wave feminists strived for individualism and diversity. Unlike labeling each other as feminists, the third wave departed from this idea and sought diversity. Third wave became more open for women of all colors, religions, sexual preferences, and ethnicities. The legal and social rights accomplished by the first and second wave gave some advantages to third wave feminism,…show more content…
Feminists in the third wave tackled: body, gender, stereotypes, sexuality, color, and the empowerment of women. Third wave feminists criticized the first and second wave of feminism for creating a static identity in politics and overall asserting to white privilege over its main goals. Nevertheless, third wave feminists also criticized the previous waves for its political theories. First wave feminism adopted the core values of liberal feminism. “Liberal feminism is feminism that works within the structure of mainstream society to integrate women into that structure” (Kinds of Feminism). This simply meant that feminists during the first wave did not want to change the traditional society but to incorporate women and to improve society. As stated previously, first wave wanted women to be incorporated into voting decisions, political and economically. Second wave feminism adopted the theories of radical feminism. Radical feminism can be explained women who believe society must change at the core, unlike the first wave. Radical feminism wanted to overrule the male dominance and shun away from a patriarchal order. Although two distinctly different political theories, third wave feminists rejected both. Liberal feminism, like the first wave, sought only to include and improve society. Second wave feminism believed that society should change at the core and shift away from patriarchal order.
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