Second wave feminism issues

The Disturbing Trend of Second-Wave Feminist Transphobia

Germaine Greer is the latest second-wave feminist to enrage more inclusive iterations of the movement, after her particularly nasty transphobic comments disparaging Caitlyn Jenner were circulated on the internet this weekend. This resulted in a petition against an appearance by Greer that caused her to double-down on her rhetoric, feeding the usual outrage cycle.

This comes not long after Elinor Burkett’s NY Times Op-Ed, which was a more polite version of a similar argument, and that came after a number of prominent British feminists, most notably Julie Burchill and Suzanne Moore, were called out for writing transphobic posts. And just last month feminists were upset that Susan Brownmiller, one of the great pioneers of feminist thinking on rape, made some dismissive remarks that sounded a lot like rape victim-blaming.

Of course, not all second-wave feminists have expressed these kinds of views, and there are plenty of transphobic young feminists. But I do have to wonder, what’s going on here? Is Greer’s prejudice an example of outdated feminist dinosaurs being unwilling to get with the times? Angry at their movement “daughters” for taking a different approach to similar issues? And by attacking the misguided-at-best comments of the thinkers who helped invent our own way of thinking, are younger feminists taking part in what Susan Faludi calls “feminist matricide?”

The women’s movement cycled through a long first “wave, ” and, in increasingly shorter oscillations, a second and third wave, and some say we are now witnessing a fourth. With each go-round, women make gains, but the movement never seems able to establish an enduring birthright, a secure line of descent—to reproduce itself as a strong and sturdy force. At the core of America’s most fruitful political movement resides a perpetual barrenness.

I admit that I am curious about the deeper issues. Why is it so hard for certain feminists who were so radical for their time to let their thinking evolve, to open the tent a little bit wider and embrace their trans siblings? I’ve spent a lot of time trying to unpack why so many women who might otherwise know better were sympathetic to Burkett’s piece, for instance.

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what the strengths and weakness' of first and second wave feminism? | Yahoo Answers

The first wave addressed very real, tangible inequalities that were often legally based and the goals was often to have equal rights, not special rights.
The second wave is much more about perceptions of inequality, many of which may have nothing to do with rights. It has also been about lobbying for and achieving special privileges.
The strength of the first wave is that it was easy to see that much of it had to do with achieving equal rights. The weakness of the second wave is that women now have equal rights and more, yet still claim they are about quality even though they seek spe…

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