Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Second Wave vs Third Wave feminism.

I am currently enrolled in a few women's studies courses at Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. While I have been doing some research for a paper proposal I have been looking for differences between the first, second and third waves of feminism. I haven't found much between the second and third, so I am listing these for others who may be searching for the same information. I hope this helps.

Second Wave
Third Wave
Getting paid work, even if you're married or a mother. Getting "better" paid work, so we can support ourselves and our families.
Securing the right to an abortion. Maintaining that right and learning how to use it properly. Allowing for differences of opinion and the choice to say "no."
Breaking the glass ceiling. Leaving the building and climbing up to the roof.
Getting women into positions of political power. Getting women into positions of economic power.
Getting day care. Changing our family and work structures so day care is less necessary.
Finding ways for women to have loving sexual relationships with other women. Finding ways for women to have loving sexual relationships with whatever gender they prefer, and yes, that includes the individuals with prominent external genitalia and obvious body hair.
Breaking the silence about rape and sexual abuse. Breaking the silence about consensual sex.
Giving women divorce and singlehood as options to heterosexual  marriage. Making heterosexual marriage a better choice for the women who want it, while still keeping those other options.
Making it acceptable for women to delay or space their children with birth control, or even to not have children at all. Making it possible to be a mother and have a life.
Making it acceptable for mothers to work. Earning enough money so we can afford to become mothers or choose to adopt or remain childless. 

The following is a list of the issues third wave feminists are focused on. Some feminists focus on all of these issues, some focus on one or a few.

1. violence against women
2. violence against men
3. sweatshop exploitation
4. reproductive freedom
5. affirmative action
6. race exploitation
7. class exploitation
8. death penalty
9. queer issues
10. sexuality
11. labor issues
12. welfare rights