Fourth Wave Feminism Essays

1571 Words Mar 30th, 2012 7 Pages
Is It Post Feminism Or The Fourth Wave

The word feminism is defined as referring to political, cultural, and economic movements seeking greater rights and participation in society for women and girls. This word goes hand in hand with the feminist movement, which is aimed at equal rights for women. The feminist movement has had three distinct waves. The first wave took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and granted women the right to vote and practice birth control. The second wave achieved legal equality for women and began in the 1960’s and continued into the 90’s . The third wave of the feminist movement strove for social reform and began in the mid-90’s and some say it is still continuing today, or perhaps it died out
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She uses Hugh Hefner as an example of someone who dismisses this behavior as a byproduct of a “post-feminist” world, yet, this is imagined and were actually living in the fourth wave of feminism. However Levy goes on to say that Hugh Hefner is making the same assumption as most other people in society; just because this generation came after three major feminist movements does not mean that everything this generation does is a part of a feminist plan. In fact our whole culture has women under the impression that the newest form of feminism for the fourth wave is “female chauvinist pigs: women who make sex objects of other women and of ourselves” (Levy,89). Yet outdoing males in every male chauvinist activity is not a triumph, but rather a disappointment for the feminists of past waves who have worked to eliminate women as sexual objects to gain gender equality. The feminist movement is no longer moving forward in the same way today as it has in the past. This fourth wave of feminism is taking societal ideals from the pre-feminist era and applying them to this fourth wave in a false manifesto of feminists achievements. In this fourth wave of the feminist movement, we are actually going back to the ideals of a pre-feminist society. Before the feminist movement was started, the ideals and goals of this movement were so revolutionary and ground breaking that it was hard for society to understand the

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