The Second Wave Feminism

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There is no denying that Feminism had been a rising topic of conversation in the past years, yet it is difficult to find a conversation about it without heavy controversy. One question from a recent poll shows that only a mere 18 percent of Americans consider themselves Feminists, yet when prompted again, 85 percent of Americans responded that they believe in equality for all women (New York Times/ Women in the World). The responses to these two questions show the confusion surrounding the term and the movement in general. The term feminism is defined as a series of social movements working toward equality for all gendered persons (Nelson). In no way does that definition imply that feminists think women are superior, yet the word can’t seem…show more content…
During the second wave, Womanism developed because of a disappointment in feminism as it started to focus specifically on white, middle class woman. Womanism concentrates on the intersections of race, gender and class and how equality should be found for people, not just a specific grouping (Nelsons powerpoint). During the second wave, a group identified as the liberal feminists also emerged. They strived for equality in all spheres of life and focused on structural and legal changes that would certify and protect their quality (Nelsons powerpoint). The third wave of feminism, starting in the 1990’s and continuing into the current time is often seen as a more evolved second wave. I definitely fit myself into the third wave of feminism as it emphasizes everyday acts of resistance and embracing all people in the feminist movement, and while the third wave focuses less on identifiable groups, I feel the liberal feminism fits my positon…show more content…
It is eye-opening to learn of all the different perspectives and how they compare to one another, and why I am ecstatic to be able to more clearly define where I fall in the spectrum of Feminism and Womanism, it frustrates me that I have to be able to so articulately explain myself. When asked why I am a Feminist my immediate answer is always “I am a human, so why wouldn’t I be?” To me, this answer should be enough because Feminism is not about women claiming their superiority, it is about striving for equal rights for every person, yet not everyone realizes this. While I had the privilege of growing up with parents who were very open and made me aware of social issues from a young age, I also grew up with a twin sister whose opinions opposed mine in every way. A hardcore Republican and so called “Meninist,” my sister has been affronting my beliefs on Feminism and political views for years and I am used to constant debate on the topic and defending my views is a common occurrence. I contribute part of my passion for equality to the fact that I have been working so hard my entire life for just one person to see the Feminist movement the way I do and I now want to further this and spread Feminism to as many people as I possibly
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