Feminism: The Importance Of Third Wave Feminism

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Third Wave Feminism The term “feminism” has been around for almost 200 years first meaning “the quality of females” and since then has been defined a multitude of ways. Today feminism can be defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as a noun meaning “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” (Feminism). This definition truly describes today’s feminism, third wave feminism. Third wave feminism first began in the 1990’s and is still present today. Third wave feminism is a movement to redefine words such as sexuality, gender, and gay that society had previously twisted into one correct meaning. What the majority of people fail to realize is the importance of third wave feminism and its true intentions. Feminism…show more content…
Society has sculpted gay into a word used to criticize and bully people who did not “fit in”. Most commonly these people were members of the LGBT community. Today, millions of people are standing up for member of the LGBT community after many years of being oppressed. Only in the past few years has society started to accept people who identify themselves and their sexuality different than the norm. Third wave feminists have been fighting for LGBT members to be able to be who they truly feel they are without being ridiculed for it. In fact, in 2014, the US Supreme Court passed a law prohibiting the denial of same sex marriage in the United States; a huge breakthrough for third wave feminists and the LGBT community (Same Sex Marriage Laws). It is no doubt that the fight for equal and fair treatment of the LGBT community has come a long way and every day is another step closer to the goal. Third wave feminism has had a lot of successful feats in the last decade with the most success arising from its achievement in getting society to realize that people are more than labels. It is important to keep in mind everybody is different and has different views. Not all third wave feminists agree with all of third wave feminism’s ideals. It is also important to remember that third wave feminism applies to men and women the

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