First, Second, and third wave feminism

Is a man still a feminist if he believes only in first-wave feminism, but utterly rejects second- and third-wave feminism?

It depends on what you men by "first wave feminism." Given your subsequent edits, I wouldn't consider you a feminist, and I doubt most other feminists would, either. It's possible, abstractly, that someone could broadly support the rejection of sexism, while still having some misgivings about some goals and tactics of second- and third-wave feminism (and, in fact, that's not even abstract; see the work of Camille Paglia, among other feminists who critique feminism), but your added question details make clear that while you may be fine with some rights afforded to women in some contexts, you don't actually share with feminism a rejection of sexism.

Feminism is several things - an ideology, and out of that a political theory (and out of that, a political movement, or more precisely several of them), but it's not a creedal religion.

It might be more helpful to think in terms of goals and methods, instead of historical feminist "waves, " because other people may think that our hypothetical First Wave feminist man is saying that the work of feminism begins and ends with womens' suffrage, and that's perfectly okay.

That is, of course, unless that's what he actually does think, in which case that's an opinion he's welcome to hold, but it's not one that's terribly afflicted by reality.

Edit: given your added question details, your problem here is much less "am I a feminist, " and much more "can I get away with disliking queer theory, gay people, transgender people, 'womanism, ' and a rejection of 'traditional gender roles' and still get brownie points for calling myself a feminist? Because, you know, that whole voting rights thing, for women, that's fantastic. So long as women know their traditional place, can I still call myself a feminist, in that case?"

Well, you can call yourself whatever you want.

Edit II: "promoted lesbianism?" Dude, here's your cookie. Don't call yourself a feminist. Or, you know, do, just don't expect anybody else to believe you. (Although, you really might want to educate yourself on the actual history of 19th century suffrage; it wasn't all women in bustles and petticoats drinking tea and talking about how wonderful it was going to be to cast their votes, and then head back into the kitchen to make their husbands a sandwich). The reason feminism addresses sexism in a wider context than you're willing to allow is because feminism - speaking very generally - doesn't begin and end with a single, century-old expression of sexism and call it a day. If you're just fine with sexism in every other respect but voting rights, you're not a feminist, no matter how much you think it's useful to call yourself "first wave."


What were the first,second and third waves of feminism all about? | Yahoo Answers

First: The right to the vote and higher education.
Second: The right to abortion, equal pay, and an end to gender discrimination.
Third: Securing abortion rights and women in the Third World.

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