Feminism… Thoughts! 0.7
Hello guys, What’s good? Let’s continue from where we left off on feminism. If you haven’t read the prequels, please do. Let’s delve right into it.
So we left off talking about the Gay Rights Movement.
Continuance of Feminism
The second wave of the feminist movement is not only known for the tensions between various streams of feminism. This wave is also heavily associated with the “bra-burning” protest of 1968. In spite of the fact that no bra-burning actually occurred, this myth continues to follow the women’s liberation movement. This rumour came from the 1968 Miss America Pageant protest in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On September 7, 1968 a few hundred women interrupted the live broadcast of the Miss America Pageant to protest beauty standards and the objectification of women.
These women threw bras, high heels, Playboy magazines, and other symbolic feminine products into a “Freedom Trash Can.” Although the women did not actually ignite a fire, a reporter compared their actions to Vietnam war protesters that would burn their draft cards. This idea of bra-burning feminists followed the movement ever since and contributed to the stereotype of feminists as angry and “man-hating.”
During the late 1970s, the second wave of feminism began to diminish. As multiple sub-groups created new organizations for themselves, other debates within feminism grew. One of the key debates was over pornography and sexual activity. Many feminists decided between being “anti-porn feminists” or “sex-positive feminists.” These debates accelerated an already dwindling larger movement. By the early 1980s, the second wave came to a close and a large-scale feminist movement would not return for another decade.
The inception of the Third Wave (Feminism)
Identical to the first and second waves, it is pretty tough spiking exactly when the third wave of the feminist movement started. Nevertheless, this rebirth of women’s rights activism is traditionally seen as a response to mainstream second-wave feminism.
As the third wave started in the 1990s, women’s rights activists longed for a movement that continued the work of their predecessors while addressing their current struggles. Also, these women wanted to create a mainstream movement that was inclusive of the various challenges women from different races, classes, and gender identities were facing.