The Third Wave Of Feminism, And The Third Wave Of Feminism

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Introduction Feminism is a collection of movements which are aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women as well as seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education, employment, and other spheres. Hooks, B. (2000) writes that "Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression". (p. viii). Historically, feminism is divided into three waves with each one exploring the connectedness of the same feminist issues. Joannou, M., & Purvis, J. (1998) wrote that, “The women’s suffrage movement embodies a deliberate and self-conscious attempt to break the traditional patriarchal mould of British politics, and to discover new, radical and often collective methods…show more content…
This wave existed from the nineteenth century through to the early twentieth century. The Second Wave dealt with inequality of laws, cultural inequalities and the role of women in society. This was from the 1960s to the 1980s. The Third Wave of Feminism is a continuation of the Second Wave and a response to the perceived failures. This was around the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Feminist Criticism Feminist criticism is the literary and critical theory that explores the bias in favor of the male gender in literature and reexamines all literature from a feminist point of view. A Feminist critic intends to closely examine how male dominance and female powerlessness manifest themselves in specific aspects of society through a text. Bennett, A., & Royle, N. (2009) write: Feminist criticism is concerned to question and challenge conventional notions of masculinity and femininity; to explore ways in which such conventions are inscribed in a largely patriarchal canon; and to consider the extent to which writing , language and even literary form itself are themselves bound up with issues of gender difference. (p.…show more content…
As much as Vincent focusses on the traditional roles of men i.e., patriarchy, his is one sided. This piece contradicts the ideals of Feminism which, as I had mentioned earlier, are aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women as well as seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education, employment, and other spheres. In contradiction to this, “Tell it to Women” shows how men are seen as rational, strong, decisive and protective whereas women are seen as emotional, irrational, weak, nurturing and

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