Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Drowning in the Shallow End: Third Wave Feminism

I was linked to this great article in Conducive Magazine by a fellow twitterer @ShelbyKnox

Drowning in the Shallow End: Third Wave Feminism
looks at the creation of the third wave, the problems, the possibilities and the future.

In the 1990s a new generation of women heralded the dawn of a new feminist era. But does declaring a “new wave” - particularly one that equates individual lifestyle choices with activism, consumer power with feminism, and diversity with racial equality - make for a feminist social movement?

Heather Tirado Gilligan explores this issue through interviews with feminist scholar Jane Elliott, Colorlines managing editor Daisy Hernandez, lesbian filmmaker Aishah Simmons, and Chicana feminist Cherrie Moraga. Gilligan proposes feminists drop the wave metaphor and organize around the less socially palatable but more pressing goal of addressing inequities.


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