I just posted this question to Reddit r/feminists. I swear to God I tried to be as pro-feminist as possible. I went out of my way to try not to say anything antifeminist, though I nevertheless had to be honest. Every single thing I wrote in my comment is 10 The percentages of feminists who are 2nd and 3rd Wavers is a good question, but feminists have no use for facts, science, truth or data like all Identity Politics scum, so it’s not surprising I did not get any answers. Actually you will probably never get any answers because feminists don’t like to argue hard factual questions about much of anything. I don’t imagine there’s a feminist anywhere on Earth who would try to answer what the Here’s the question:
My question is which group of feminists is stronger now, 2nd or 3rd Wave? And what percentages of feminism are divided into 2nd and 3rd wavers? I believe that the 3rd wave is more numerous now, but I am really interested in what Definitions below: 2nd Wave feminists to be mostly radical feminists at the moment, if we define Second Wave as TERF and TESW’s opposed to among other things:
- Legalization or decrim of sex work
- All sex work (strippers, cam models, porn stars)
- Sex dolls
- PIV sex
- Anal sex
- Fellatio (sometimes)
- Romance (sending flowers, etc.)
- Artificial birth control (too dangerous for women)
- Beauty industry (to the point of deliberately advocating that woman make themselves appear ugly to oppose it)
- Femininity (to the point of promoting women to act and dress like men)
And an extreme hostility towards men in general exemplified by:
- A theory that eliminates the class struggle of proletarian workers versus ruling class capitalist owners and replacing it with a gender struggle with men as a ruling oppressor class and women as an oppressed “proletarian class.”
- Extreme emphasis on Patriarchy and Rape Culture theory.
- Extreme celebration of lesbianism and hostility to heterosexuality in general for women. General sex-negative and near-puritanical mindset.
- Support for lesbian and female separatism.
- Support for curfews for men, putting men in internment camps, reducing the male population to 1
All of these view are extremely common among radical feminism. There are few who do not go along with all or nearly all of these positions. So that’s 2nd Wave. Everything else is now 3rd Wave. Even Socialist and Marxist feminism, formerly 2nd wavers, are now 3rd Wavers. Most other strains are also 3rd Wavers with the exception of New Feminism (unclassifiable?) and some strains of Liberal Feminism like Equity Feminism, which are best described as 1st wavers, the descendants of the suffragettes. 3rd Wave differs from 2nd Wave in the following ways:
- Sex positive.
- Pro-porn, pro-BD/SM, pro-prostitution, and other sex work
- Reduced celebration of lesbianism
- Support for heterosexuality for women
- Pro-PIV sex, fellatio, anal sex, etc.
- educed emphasis on rape culture, patriarchy, etc.
- Reduced hatred for men, although it is definitely still there
- Much more open to dating, relationships, and marriage with men
- No support for separatism
- Support for sex dolls
- Opposition to male curfews and internment camps, reduction of male population, etc.
- Pro-artificial birth control
- For socialist and Marxist feminists, rejection of radfem replacement of class struggle with gender struggle and replacement or owners and workers with men and women as oppressor and oppressed groups. Extreme emphasis on class roots of women’s oppression in capitalism and a recognition that male workers are also oppressed under capitalism.
- Pro-beauty industry (makeup, tight clothes, heels, spandex, etc.)
First answer: Hard to answer something when the question seems way off. Where are you getting these definitions from? Me: The definition of radical feminist beliefs comes from me being on their websites and studying them for long periods of time. Although I am open to any rational people who want to tell me where I am wrong about them. My definition of 3rd wavers should not be controversial, or it is, I want to know why. Male curfews and internment camps…? Who have you been reading? Me: Major radical feminist thinkers have advocated curfews for men in articles. Although the articles was later said to be satire, it did not seem so at first and they always say that everything inflammatory they write is satire. All of the comments that followed for months after those articles were published treated the articles as if they were serious. Commenters even offered their own serious takes on the subject, with one man suggesting that cities be divided into male halves and female halves with mingling allowed during the daylight hours but after dark, each sex would have to retire to its own section of town. Numerous radical feminists have suggested that men and sometimes even boys be placed into internment camps and be kept there “until they can learn to behave themselves in a civilized fashion.” Radical feminist Julie Bindel recently wrote an article in the Guardian suggesting this in all seriousness. The article promoted a scandal, but she is still on the staff.