There is a growing rebellion against the label “feminist”. More and more people are refusing to identify as such, including women. Why?
Do they wish to turn back the clock? To take the hard-won rights away from women?
Many are simply fighting for equality under a new flag, Egalitarian is mine. Many feel that the third wave is filled with too many extremists who fight for superiority instead of equality. That too many of the issues are fabricated from half-truths. Etc.
Yet many who still identify as feminist do fight for equality. These are my allies. These are my friends and family. These are the feminists I respect. And there’s something that I notice they all have in common:
Not one identifies with the third wave. They either identify with an earlier wave, no wave at all, as an “original” feminist, or as a fourth wave feminist in an attempt to reclaim the movement from those who have tainted it. They feel like calling everything rape trivializes the experiences of rape victims, that there are problems and privilege on all sides, and instead of treating a list of “men’s issues” as a bone to throw the opposition, they give those issues the same priority as the women’s issues.
May those that fight for equality take back your movement.