By girlwithpen on November 20, 2008
Check out this GORGEOUS collage over at the new collaborate blog Fourth Wave Feminism, which launched on the eve of the Democratic National Convention this year. I just had to share:
While you're at it, check out Fourth Wave's mission statement, here.
As a chronicler of feminism, of course I'm fascinated by the term. Here's Fourth Wave's post on the third (wave, that is). My basic position: I don't care what we call it, let's just keep on doing it. Fourth, five, sixth, sixteenth....bring it on.
To veterans, these divisions get tiresome, and I have seen how they can keep us from coming together. But IMHO, the rolling of waves and the recognition of intergenerational difference in any social movement is natural, and essential to its growth. I'm not seeing the same tensions between the "new" and the "old" with this fourth as there seemed to be when the term "third wave" first came about in the early 1990s. (Unless I'm missing something here?) At the same time, as the savvy ladies over at the UK feminist blog, The F-Word, remind us, many of the aims of so-called second-wave feminism, both here and there, still haven't been achieved. So boo to generational in-fighting. We've got far too much at stake. And hence, a caveat: fourth, fifth, sixth, bring it on, but let's all keep our eyes on the larger prize.
I write all about this waving of feminism (ah, the oceanography of it all...) in a book, of course, with a hot pink cover. And the WomenGirlsLadies and I have been having a wonderful experience taking it all on the road. Meanwhile, back in medialand, New York Magazine did a piece in April titled "The Feminist Reawakening: Hillary Clinton and the Fourth Wave" and there was an article in Utne Reader back in 2001 called "Feminism's Fourth Wave." Journalist Julie Leupold is doing a special project on "Fourth Wave Feminism" over at Porfolio at NYU. And so the public conversation and feminism and its waves continues.
Once again, I'm curious...what do others think of the term? Interesting conversation going on in comments, across the pond.
PS. Feminism, in some corners, has been known to eat its young. So to the Fourth Wave blog-- "exploring feminism in the 21st century and grappling with the continued gender inequity in America and the world"--a hearty welcome again to the blogosphere! And speaking of exploring, do check out the 68th Carnival of Feminists, hosted at Fourth Wave.
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