What Does The Word Feminism?

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What does the word “feminism” evoke inside of your mind? Did your brain automatically retrieve an image of a feminist’s appearance upon reading the word? Whom did you visualize? Feminism is defined as “the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men” (). I personally identify as a feminist, for women can do anything as well as a man and should be granted the same rights as men. Both the feminism of the 1970s and the feminist extremists of today are responsible for the stereotypical view of a feminist; the majority of the population has associated the appearance of a feminist to that of a “hairy, angry lesbian.” Writer, Elana Levine, delved into the controversial topic of feminism and defined both the “post-feminism” and “third-wave feminism” movements in the context of the popular television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I agree with Elana Levine’s claim that the show’s protagonist, Buffy, exhibits a “multiply-positioned identity” and the television show itself demonstrates third-wave feminist ideals. After the rise of feminism in the 1970s, an era known as “post-feminism” washed over America. Post-feminism, according to Levine, is simply “characterized by a belief that the goals of the feminist movement of the 1970s have been accomplished and thus that there is no need to continue a fight that has already been won.” Third-wave feminism, however, remains “invested in collective feminist activism and in the fight against a…
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