Normally when I hear the word feminism I think of women dressed as lady parts, crying about having to pay for their birth control, and not caring about other countries where women are actually oppressed. However, feminism has played an important role in our society throughout history. So the question remains, how has a movement which helped women gain independence and the freedoms we enjoy, turned into to what it is today? To answer that, we have to look at the history of feminism and how it has evolved into what it has.
According to an article published by the Pacific University of Oregon, the goals of the first wave of feminism were “to open up opportunities for women, with a focus on suffrage”. It was the beginning of opening up the discussion of the right to vote, schooling, right to hold property, and other freedoms.
Second wave feminism is what helped in securing the vote for women nationwide, as well as pushed for social equality. This particular wave continued into the 90’s until it morphed into what we are most familiar with, third wave feminism.
Third wave feminism tackled a woman’s role in society. Traditionally, women were viewed as homemakers and held more feminine jobs like teaching and nursing. But third wave feminism brought in a generation of empowered women who made names for themselves. It finally seemed like women had it all, but then fourth wave feminism emerged within the last few years, and trashed the hard work of all the women before them.
According to Bustle, there are 6 things to know about fourth wave feminism. Let’s take a look at these social issues, dissect them, and try to understand how cancerous this epidemic really is.
Gender is Queer
Based on this assumption, science has no basis here. Apparently DNA and chromosomes are no match for the made up ideals of the left.
Fourth Wave Feminism is Sex Positive
According to these standards, it is now a good thing to be a “slut”, “skank,”, “whore”, or whatever other name you can think of. It seems like these women are in need of a dictionary.
It is Trans Inclusive
This goes hand in hand with the first point.
It is Anti-Mandrist
While misandry is the hatred of men, and these women claim to be against it, their actions tell a different story. Fourth wave feminists are completely fine with men, as long as they bow and scrape to women.
It is Body Positive
While this might seem like a good thing, it is a double edged sword. Everyone should feel comfortable with their figures, however some people take it too far. Some women claiming to be “curvy” could definitely ditch the cheeseburgers and pick up a salad instead.
It is Digitally Driven
The internet is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, it allows cancerous trash to surface. Trash that has made a mockery of what thousands of women of every race and color have worked to achieve.
Fourth wave feminism is still evolving, however, it is becoming one of the biggest jokes of this generation. Thankfully though, there are many women rejecting the ideals of this latest wave. We can only hope this laughing stock of a movement is just a temporary craze. But for now, sit back and enjoy the freak show.