Third Wave Feminism: The Origin Of Third-Wave Feminism

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Third wave feminism is the composition of several diverse strains of feminist theories that emerged around the early 1990s, although much like the movement itself it’s origins are subject to a great deal of debate. When Rebecca Walker famously declared in 1992 “I am the Third Wave”, she opened the doors to a movement that moved past what they perceived as the second wave’s ideological rigidity (Walker). This essay explores a wide range of academic discourse on third-wave feminism with the intention of looking past the misconception that the third-wave movement is merely a revolt against the second-wave and can be dismissed as generational conflict. Through analysis of third wave publications and themes, I argue the movement rather expresses progressive hopes to resolve several impasses that emerged in feminist theory in the 1980s. I see the third-wave movement as being grossly misconstrued and misunderstood, I seek to establish in this paper that third-wave feminism is not completely …show more content…
It was constituted by a group of unsure feminists and feminists born into a world where feminism has always existed. The origin of third-wave feminism is closely tied to the punk rock industry in the early 1990s. Third-wave feminists carved out Riot Grrrl, an underground feminist movement (Caruso). Riot grrrl culture provided a platform for female punk rock artists to use their music to express their positions on issues such as patriarchy, double standards, sexual assault, domestic abuse, sexuality, and female empowerment (Caruso). Two bands in particular are given credit for their role in the third-waves early formation: Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. They furthered the movement through their progressive politically relevant lyrics, publications, and their “taking back” of derogatory terms towards women. The bands helped carve out what is arguably the most individualistic and inclusive feminist wave to date

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