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Feminist thinking and culture are more and more present over the world, adapting it to a range of contexts. The electoral fight and the second wave campaign for ERA may be described more easily than the Third Wave, a more recent and wide-ranging increase in feminist engagement. We need to comprehend first the U.S. after the second wave of ‘sex wars,’ to understand the Third Wave. The name of the “sexual war,” was the open discussion of pornography and sexual activity among parties within feminism. Feminists from anti-pornography wanted the porn industry limited, as they considered it was solely for men and promoted violence against women.
In a generation grown up with feminism, the Third Wave of Feminism took for granted the hard-earning achievements of the first and the second wave. Third Wave feminists quickly criticized previous feminists and pointed out their movements’ shortcomings. There was often an accusation that the movements were exclusive and minority marginalized in the mainstream. Thus, the ThirdWave mainly aimed to bring communities to life, which were previously excluded from feminist ideals. It focused on race and gender and came out of the second wave’s sex-positive discussions. The Third Wave of feminism concentrated heavily on women’s rights to reproduction. Feminists championed the freedom of a woman to make her own decisions about her body and said that access to birth management and abortion is a fundamental right. In 2004 a big protest march named the ‘march for women’s life” was conducted in Washington Dc when the Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (PABA) and limitations on abortion. The mark demonstrated how important the topic of reproductive rights was to the Third Wave, attended by activists, second and third-wave feminists, and celebrities.
The Third Wave of Feminism has encountered numerous criticisms from being overly extreme to devaluing the efforts of its predecessors. The first and second waves were less united. It is less obvious and more controversial. The fundamental need for feminism was put into doubt in the 21st century itself.