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Brock University
Women's and Gender Studies
Jenny Janke

326 3rd wave feminism rethinking activism and perceptions March2512 853 PM Key TermsThree feminist wavesMaternal aka social feminismEqual rights feminismDIY feminismRiot grrrlsAgencyUniversal categories Introduction 1 Feminism has been conceptualized using waves Three waves first second third wave moving into the fourth 2 Artificial approach feminism is not null between waves 3 Feminism is continuous dynamic and activist based4 Waves metaphor does allow us to note changes in approach theoretical developments to understanding oppression and goals of various stages of the womens movement5 Each wave of feminism has unique characteristics grounded in particular political social economic contexts 6 Third wave shift from equality to equity 7 Examines the outcome of existing laws policies from a gendered perspective8 Third wave feminism has expanded our traditional notions of women men gender race power and agency9 Rejects womenarealwaysvictimsmenarealwaysperpetrators gender ordering First Wave Feminism 1 1First wave mid 19th century American British Canadian movements2 2Achievements 3 3Tended to approach issues two ways maternal feminism and equal rights feminismMaternal Feminism 1 Used womens supposedly natural instinct to mother as justification of gaining access to the public realm2 Maternal feminists argued women could clean up the ills of society poverty alcohol abuse violence 3 Womens Christian Temperance Union WCTU example of maternal feminism drinking was a male vice which destroyed the family and caused violence against women Prohibition was the cure4 Needed the vote in order from women to have their concerns and voice taken seriously 5 Tended to be racist elitist and grounded in religion Equal rights Feminism of First Wave 1 First wave equal rights feminists wanted women to be treated the same as men2 Whatever rights privileges men had access to women also wanted them
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