Intersectionality In The Second And Third Waves Of Feminism

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Exploring the importance of intersectionality Has there ever been a time where intersectionality hasn’t played an important role in the realm of feminism? If I were to examine the three waves of feminism, I would have to say that intersectionality did not play an important role in the first wave of feminism, because it was centered around the advancement of a specific group of women. Feminists became more aware of the importance of intersectionality in the second and third waves of feminism, because of the collective realization that “women” cannot exist as a homogenized group. Becoming aware of intersectionality aids in bringing about a consciousness of the different forms of oppression and how they exist today. When I began this class, …show more content…
She is an American feminist whose works focus on the intersectionality of gender and race in a capitalist world. In an excerpt from her novel Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, hooks attributes a lack of interest in feminism to the misconstrued definitions that are reinforced by the patriarchy and society as a means to prevent women from witnessing the injustices that are happening to them. This prevents women of color and other groups from joining the movement because they do not have a clear understanding of what feminism is. According to hooks, “most people in the United States think of feminism, or the more commonly used term ‘women’s lib’ as a movement that make women the social equals of men”. However, this can be problematic because it does not identify what type of “women” they are referring to, nor are they examining the reasons why inequality exists. hooks asks, “Since men are not equals in white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal class structure, which men do women want to be equal to?” (hooks 19). This definition of a feminist movement lacks the recognition of various intersections of social inequality that women are subject to today. It dismisses the importance of racism and class as factors that contribute to the oppression of women, and leads to the further homogenization of women. This prevents one from actually witnessing the effects of different societal factors, and thus keeps one uninformed about the injustices that happen to women on a individualized scale. Ignoring the individualized plight of each woman takes away from the movement because we fail to pinpoint the exact reasons why the system is

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