Three waves of feminism

Three waves of modernity—and feminism

August Macke,The problem feminists seem to face today (I speak, like St. Paul, “as a man”) is a difficulty in reconciling nature with nurture. It cannot be glibly maintained that the modern woman is “as free” as a modern man. Though discrimination of every kind be stamped out, women still possess a capacity which men do not—the ability to carry and bear children. Nature has assigned them this role. History, and maybe nature too, has also assigned women the role of nurturer and primary caretaker for the children produced, who nature in its wisdom has made helpless at birth and dependent for a long time afterwards. This cannot be said to have no significant impact upon women’s ability to participate fully in the public sphere. The gestation and bearing of children—let alone their rearing—requires too much time and energy. And women find that at best they can expect to be patronized and compensated, by a society in which they are (in every other way) supposedly equal to men.

I believe this uncomfortable position of the modern woman can be well explained by analogy to what Leo Strauss called the “crisis of modernity.” This crisis stems from the historical development of stages in modern thought which Strauss described in his 1956 essay “The Three Waves of Modernity.” The development of feminist thought is also often described in three ideological “waves, ” and between these two sets of waves there is a surprising similarity.


In this section I rely on Martha Rampton’s essay “The Three Waves of Feminism.” She provides a good historical outline of the feminist movement or movements, stressing, as is proper, the democratic and varied character of its development and changes over time. As she observes, “There have always been feminisms in the movement, not just one ideology, and there have always been tensions, points and counter-points.” Her summary is limited, as is this essay, mainly to feminism in the United States.


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The number of waves is open to debate. Some people say there are really only 2 waves: the first wave of women who wanted the vote, and the second wave of women who were anti-male and sought special rights for women. The other waves and types of feminsim are largely academic and exist mainly in the minds of feminists, because the feminists of the second wave (e.g. Greer and Hariett Harman) went on to be the only feminists who weild serious power and influence in the real world. The 3rd wave and post-feminsts might be discussed in Women's Studies seminars, but their influence is nothing c…

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Well, I scanned a Voice For Men and they got nothing good to say about feminism in general, other MRM supported sites are not being any kinder.

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