Destroy all men. Burn all of our bras. Raise our wages. Matriarchy! We are oppressed! Welcome to fourth wave feminism in the United States, folks.
But, how did we get here? The first wave of feminism, the beginning of the modern feminist movement, began at the women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. This convention was where women gathered for the first time, on July 19th and 20th in 1848, to demand the right to vote. Once the 19th amendment was passed in 1920, feminism slid into the second wave, which focused more on social and cultural inequalities. Carol Hanisch coined the slogan, “the personal is political,” which is said to have been the definition of the second wave. Women’s private lives were politicized because they supposedly reflected the gender inequality in society. Equality was addressed in all areas and a few laws were passed during this period including: Title IX, Women’s Educational Equity Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the criminalization of marital rape, and court decisions like Roe v. Wade.
As a reaction to second wave feminism, third wave feminism began in the early 1990s. This is a much more multicultural wave which branched itself out to anti-racism, womanism, and transgender politics.
As of late, I would like to argue that feminism has taken a turn for the worst. We are now in what I would refer to as fourth wave feminism. From my own personal experience, fourth wave feminists thrive on victimhood, not empowerment like they claim. I feel that many modern-day feminists throw the terms misogyny and misandry around carelessly, like these words come without implication. Not all men are monsters, and guess what folks, not all women are saints.
I used to be a bra-burning feminist myself, but as I read more about various libertarian philosophies and discovered my own individuality, I came to a brutal realization that I, as an American citizen, do not need feminism in its mainstream, modern-day form. I need equality. I want to go back to the fight for legal equality, not a fight strictly against men.