Being the third part in a series on different feminisms. The second part was: Beginning in the s, after the end of second-wave feminism and the Feminist Sex Wars, third-wave feminism began with a mixture of disgruntled and unsure feminists and feminists born into a world where feminism had always existed. Third-wave feminism began in a world with punk rock, and thus carved out the safe space of Riot Grrrl.
Third-wave feminism may be the most diverse and individualistic feminist wave to date. The movement of third-wave feminism focused less on laws and the political process and more on individual identity.
The movement of third-wave feminism is said to have arisen out of the realization that women are of many colors, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and cultural backgrounds. With this wave of feminism what can be seen is a desire to challenge or avoid the assumption that there is a universal female identity and over-emphasizing of the experience of the upper-middle class white woman. Cherrie Morago and Gloria E.
Proponents of third-wave feminism claim that it allows women to define feminism for themselves by incorporating their own identities into their belief system of what feminism is and what it can become.
Post-structuralist feminists see these binaries as artificial constructs created to maintain the power of dominant groups. Another important part this wave of feminism is sex-positivity, a celebration of sexuality as a positive aspect of life, with a broader definition of what sex means and what oppression and empowerment may imply in the context of sex.
Though opinions of sex and sexuality are not universal. The Feminist Sex Wars split feminists on the issue of sex and sexuality. Meanwhile, the sex positive faction promotes personal, individualized views on the gender-related issues focused on during Third wave feminism and sexuality feminist sex wars, such as prostitution, pornography, and sadomasochism.
Additionally, many third-wave feminists challenge existing beliefs that participants in pornography and sex work are always being exploited.
It has been suggested to both factions that rather than pass personal judgment of sexual acts, each feminist camp should recognize the plasticity of sexual meaning. It argued that this would enable the feminist movement through shared education and mutual respect, to benefit from a greater comprehension of the diverse sexual preferences that exist. Some feminists prefer to change the connotations of a word or words that are sexist rather than censor it from speech.
Wade such restrictions come at the state and county levels and include restrictions such as mandatory waiting periods, parental consent laws and spousal consent laws.