Third wave feminism Issues

A Couple Of Issues With Third Wave Feminism

Doug RobichaudAllow me to preface this by stating that I am a feminist. It took me some time to warm to the idea because I initially had such a dreadful notion of the average feminist. Various media through the years informed me that feminism was synonymous with female chauvinism — the “religion” of the quintessential angry, man-hating female. It wasn’t until I had matured into my mid-twenties and had incorporated the learnings from my social sciences courses, as well as extensive reading on the subject, into my daily ongoings that I began to truly to comprehend the simplicity that is feminist thinking.

For the sake of clarity, it simply means equality between and among the sexes, but the term ‘feminism’ is used so as to maintain focus on the sex that has historically and is currently experiencing systematic inferiority: females. This is why it is not called ‘egalitarianism, ’ or any other similar, yet not-quite-applicable, term.

That said, I simply cannot develop the anger that necessarily seems to coincide with feminist sensibilities. Allow me to explain.

About a week ago, I read an article on some conventional social medium describing how an actor recently jumped aboard the feminism caravan. Many of the responses in the comments section expressed sentiments of excitement to receive a new ally — and one not only in action, but also in legitimate verbal disclosure. I was pleased to see males and females coming together in these instances.

However, and to my dismay, I shortly thereafter noticed some less positive bits of feedback, including a female proclaiming sarcastically that we should not be applauding someone for finally joining a movement in which he should have already taken part.

I just don’t understand this perspective.

Should we also admonish toddlers for not knowing how to speak at a faster pace? I do not see why this attitude is acceptable — even encouraged — among many feminists. It is exceedingly apparent that this is one of the key elements of popular feminist thought and behavior that is actively discouraging people from feminism. The phenomenon is often referred to as ‘callout culture, ’ and it certainly increased the difficulty I faced in admitting my own feminism in my earlier years of feminist thinking.

To be fair, while I completely disagree with offensive language and aggressive methods, I do see the purpose these methods can serve and have historically served. Radicalism, for instance, does bring awareness to neglected issues.

My concern, however, is that less friendly approaches typically attract more negative attention than positive.

For example, anger is an effective tool when employed with discretion. It can communicate severity of issues and garner support from unlikely areas. However, when exercised carelessly, the approach appears belligerent. Such use of these methods often results in backlash, and furthermore, potential opposition based on shallow distaste alone. Unfortunately, many of today’s combative third-wave feminists do not recognize that systematic accusations, insults, and belittling of others for their experiences and views typically produce this type of rebuff.

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