Feminism Of The First Wave Movement Essay

819 Words Nov 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Dorothy Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry further explain this idea in their book Feminism Unfinished! by explaining that the earlier generations of feminists focused on identifying the political and social inequalities they dealt with. Whereas the third wave of feminists sought out to address these inequalities. In further explanation, these authors stated, “While connected to earlier movements to advance gender equality and social justice, this new feminism was not a mass-based movement for social chance like its 1970s predecessor... nor was it tied to concrete political and policy goals [referring to the first wave movement]…”
Third wave feminists focus less on mass political action, and more on individual societal changes and perceptions. Third wave feminists identify with many different generations of women and they believe that the female gender includes the masses – that one female does not represent all. Because of this mass inclusion of stances and people, the severity of this movement seems to get lost when referring to main ideas, goals, or stances. Though mass inclusion is a vital component to have – this factor seems to “water down” the importance of issues these women (or men) are aiming to achieve.
This mass inclusion that seems to be an underlying theme of the feminist movement leads into the next idea that third wave feminists believe that the female identity is universal. Many third wave feminists, such as Rebecca Walker, aim to enhance feminism…

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