The hypocrisy of third wave feminists
Feminism has gone through three distinct waves throughout history. The phrase feminism was first coined by a French philosopher and “Utopian Socialist” named Charles Fourier in 1837. The phrases feminist or feminism began to be used in France and the Netherlands in the 1870’s. First wave feminism began in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
In the UK and later in the US the demands of first-wave feminists ranged from equal property rights for women, and equal contracts in areas of marriage and parenting. At the beginning of the 20th century the aim of feminists was to achieve political power through the women’s suffrage movement. The women’s suffrage movement began in the British colonies of Australasia, with New Zealand granting women the right to vote in 1893. Australia granted women the right to vote in 1902.
In Britain following the activism of the suffragettes and the suffragists, women over the age of 30 were granted the right to vote in 1918. In 1928 this was granted to all women over the age of 21. In the UK, women such as Emmeline Pankhurst are accredited with being the figurehead of such movements.
In the US, first-wave feminism is believed to have ended in 1919 with the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution which granted all women the right to vote in all US states. Women such as Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony are notable figures accredited with helping women gain the right to vote. These women also campaigned for the abolition of slavery before campaigning for women to gain the right to vote.
Second wave feminism initially encompassed the need to reform family laws which gave husbands control over their wives. European countries also saw activist movements spring up trying to gain rights for women as some European nations lacked behind the US and the UK for example. In Switzerland, women did not gain the right to vote in national elections until 1971 and only gained the right to vote in local elections in 1991. Other issues that women fought for during second-wave feminism was the abolition of marital rape exemption laws. These laws exempted husbands from prosecution over the rape of their wives.
In France, women did not gain the right to work without their husbands permission until 1965. Second-wave feminism also focused on women’s rights in the workplace, such as gender discrimination. These two movements in the history of feminism were necessary and commendable, the women who engaged in these activist movements have helped women in the west gain the rights they enjoy today and many of these women deserve to be recognized with great distinction. However, there was a difference with second wave feminism which I greatly believe poisoned the following wave that was to come.
French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book in 1949 called “The Second Sex.” In this book, de Beauvoir provided a Marxist solution to the issues of women in the west. This Marxist belief somewhat influenced second-wave feminism but the Marxist overtones of the movement really began to be visible during feminism’s 3rd wave.
Third wave feminism began in the United States in the early 1990’s. The third wave movement was critical of second-wave feminisms achievements. This movement was heavily focused on the issue of women’s sexuality. The third wave feminist movement also sought to distinguish itself from second wave by challenging the traditional feminine perspective, with many critics of second wave feminism saying that it focused on “middle-class white women.” Group preference became more evident as third wave feminism progressed. Women would be classified more by groups, for example, black women would take preference over white women. The third-wave feminist movement was also heavily allied with the leftist movements of identity politics and progressivism.
Third wave feminism began to ignore the rights of certain types of women while completely ignoring the abuses perpetrated by people in other parts of the world or from other cultures. This is where the awkward mishmash of progressivism, social justice and third wave feminism intersected.
In the UK for example, third wave feminists were nowhere to be seen or heard when young girls were being raped by Muslim men in places such as Rotherham or Rochdale. During the first and second waves of feminism, trailblazers of the movement would have looked at something like the hijab with horror, viewing it as a true symbol of an oppressive male patriarchy (I will come to the patriarchy later) while third wave feminists tell themselves the lie that the hijab is somehow a symbol of women’s empowerment, while it is clear that women are pressured into wearing this item of clothing because religious texts written by men demand that they keep themselves modest. Third wave feminism is laden with inconsistencies and hypocrisies.
During the 90’s and 2000’s, the left-wing establishment which became allied with the third wave feminist movement in America never spoke out about the alleged abuses of men such as Bill Clinton, while at the same time excusing sexist attacks on women such as Sarah Palin. During the third wave feminist movement, only the right types of women deserved protection. Feminists in Europe hold as much culpability as feminists in America.
In Sweden a couple of years ago a phone line was opened so women could report issues of “mansplaining.” At the very same time, these same women who would be making spurious claims of rape cultures on college campuses which would make them more dangerous than South Africa would ignore an actual rape culture that had been imported into their nation.
While instances of “taharrush jamai” were taking place, where women would be raped by a gang of 20 Middle-Eastern men, or women were being attacked in their hundreds on Cologne on New Years Eve, these very same feminists would write columns in left-wing newspapers such as the Guardian saying we couldn’t blame migrants attitudes to women, it was just all men. Ignoring facts and logic based around social justice ideology to the detriment of the sisters they claimed to stand for has become common amongst the modern feminist.
Conspiracy theories and the dismissal of facts is also another symptom of modern feminism. During Obama’s term in office, the line that 1 in 4 women would be sexually assaulted while in college was used often by his administration. Only upon further inspection did people realize that sexual assault translated into sexual harassment. Misleading figures seemed to pit followers of the feminist movement against men in general. At the very same time, feminists would ignore the plight of girls going through barbaric practices such as female genital mutilation while deriding the west as the worst place for women in the world. While improvements still could be made, the west is in truth the best place for women to live in the entire planet.
Conspiracy theories which have their roots in Marxist theory have permeated deep into the third wave feminist movement. It is not uncommon to hear a third waver speak of the “white supremacist patriarchy.” Classes in universities today teach of “whiteness and feminism” and how the white supremacist system holds women down. Myths such as the wage gap between men and women are touted with complete abandon while ignoring other contributing factors to certain discrepancies of pay between men and women. Things such as experience, level of expertise, child care and age are ignored while feminist activists try to turn it into a gendered issue.
Carrie Gracie of the BBC recently resigned as the BBC’s China editor over the pay gap. Something I have not heard be taken into account when people say how much more some men were paid than her was the fact that she was an editor for BBC China. The BBC doesn’t run as many of its segments from China as it does the UK. Would it not be feasible to take into account that a man reporting on UK issues and having more airtime than Carrie Gracie would be paid more? Social scientists studying such issues have pointed out all of the different factors that contribute to pay discrepancies between men and women, but under the third wave feminist dogma, science is to be ignored because of the conspiracy theories of patriarchy, which they suggest make it biased in favour of the white supremacist system.
The Women’s Marches that begun last year are one of the biggest displays of hypocrisy of the third wave feminist movement. Many celebrities appeared at the 2017 march, which was in essence a left-wing protest to the election of Donald Trump. Many of these same women celebrities spoke of how misogynistic Trump was, while at the same time remaining silent about the rampant abuses going on inside their own industry of Hollywood. Every single celebrity that appeared during the 2017 march said not a Dickie-bird about people such as Harvey Weinstein while it was an open secret that he was a notorious abuser of women.
At last years Woman’s March, speakers who claimed they were champions of feminism shared platforms with people such as Linda Sarsour who is an advocate of Sharia Law. Under Sharia Law, women can be stoned to death for adultery but people such as Sarsour were celebrated by the Women’s March attendees because of the intersection of progressive politics and feminism I previously mentioned. Linda Sarsour once said that Aayan Hirsi-Ali, a former Muslim who has spoken critically of Islam should have her vagina taken away. Aayan Hirsi-Ali is a woman who was a victim of the disgusting practice of female genital mutilation. Feminists of yesteryear would have been quick to jump to the defence of Ms Ali but today they sit idly by while another one of their “feminist sisters” acts in such a disgraceful manner.
Feminism from its inception has accomplished some great things for women. These women who fought to gain rights for women should never be forgotten for their achievements. But today’s feminist movement will not be looked upon so fondly. While the feminists of yesteryear focused on actually protecting the rights of women, third wave feminists care nothing for the rights of certain women, and even go as far to excuse the actions of those who abuse certain women. Thankfully, the world seems to be seeing this, although the mainstream media and leftist establishment might not lead you to believe that. In the US only 18 percent of women identify themselves as feminists while in the UK only 7 percent identify as such. With numbers like that, it is clear to see that third wave feminism has failed women, and most women see it. But I suppose for any third wave feminists who happen to read this that won’t matter, because facts and data are part of the patriarchy!
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