I’ve used the phrase “Second Wave” as it is often understood: a time, centered around the 60’s-80’s, when women revived the (as old as patriarchy) idea of feminism, and organized for change. In that sense the Second Wave existed, and I was a part of it.
One of the surprising discoveries for us young Second Wave feminists happened when we looked past the patriarchal ridicule and trivialization and dug into what First Wave feminists really said. They had said nearly the same things that we thought we had invented, even the “radical” and “separatist” ideas. But when you think about it, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Feminism is the tension between female existence and male violence. It is shaped by what it is that we have to fight.
The victories of the First Wave are not my battles: thanks to them I am not property, I can own property…
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