Third Wave Feminism

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The New Oxford American Dictionary defines feminism as “the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” And although feminism is a movement designed to advance the rights and social standing of women, it is not a movement solely for women. The feminism movement exists to benefit everyone who suffers at the hands of the patriarchy, or a society in which men hold the majority of the power. Throughout history, it has been misconstrued that the only people who could be negatively affected by this are women. However, many groups of people suffer due to the patriarchy. Although some may argue that feminism cannot help anyone except women, in reality everyone benefits from gender equality, including …show more content…
However, especially in third-wave feminism, the fight for women’s equality does nothing to limit the rights of men. For example, in an interview with Inga Schowengerdt, a social and developmental psychologist, she stated that “Misconstruals of feminism as anti-male and as the exclusive domain of women are chronic issues that refuse to go away. These misrepresentations can discourage …show more content…
While it is true that first and second wave feminism was not inclusive to women of color, modern feminism recognized that women of color have different experiences than white women, and therefore feminism has many more goals than it needs to accomplish. And although the history of white feminism is traditionally more acknowledged, feminist author Gloria Steinem states that “if you look at the numbers and the very first poll of women thinking about responding on women 's issues, African-American women were twice as likely to support feminism and feminist issues as White women.” (Vagianos) This is one of the many reasons why it is important for the opinions and beliefs of women of color be respected and fought for in the movement. Feminism that exists only to benefit white women excludes the majority of the female population, and therefore, is not real feminism. Asian and Hispanic women should be included in discussions about feminism because they have different experiences than white or African-American women, and these experiences should be shared within the community. Tatiana Tenreyro, a Latina feminist, states that “Latinas need feminism. We are the ones who are most affected in the wage gap and are also among

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