The “F” Word..

I wouldn’t in any way classify myself as a “feminist” per say, as there are many ideas about what a feminist might be.. Throughout the transition from First Wave, to Second Wave onto Third Wave Feminism, women are constantly plagued by the “F Word”. We cannot say or disagree with a movement or idea in the media because we will be charged with “man-hating” or “excessive emotions”. What I find interesting is that the women who oppose feminism or the female action don’t necessary dislike the platforms from which these women propose to make changes from, but rather dispute the affiliation from which these concepts stem. I agree with some of the aspects these women argue for: equality in pay, equality in the workplace and that many of our media forms replicate these assumptions about women and how we look or act. But what I find critical is the way in which women are pursuing to change the outlook of women in the media.. I am not sure that opposing these forms with “Slut Walk” is an appropriate response, even though we would like to reconstruct the terminology of “slut” or “bitch” these terms are used commonly by women and men alike. Redirecting the meaning of these terms is a admirable cause, but not one I think is going to be easily done. I sympathize with this ploy, however I think that we might gain more ground by closing the gap between men and women, educating both in the name of equality. This type of education needs to start early on in ages, as many children and youths are plagued by the constant representations of men and women in the media, video games as well as in literature. We need to stop fighting what “has been done” and approach what “can be done” in the future because it is our children and our youth that will determine how men and women are represented. We need to leave First, Second and Third Wave Feminism alone, these movements are so defined in our history that they do not have an approachable platform for the future. We need to create a new future, one that we can determine the direction of, instead of allowing our ideas of equality for men and women to be determined by the past. 

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