The Downfall of The “F” Word

Feminism. Not the other F-word. Feminism is dying. But how could it? Didn’t it originally start as a way to make women equal to men?

Let’s analyze. . . .

To start with—and to really know feminism—you have to understand that there are “waves” of feminism: the first wave, the second wave, and the third wave. Let’s start on the first wave:

The first wave of feminism started in the 1830s all the way up to about the early 1900s. During this time, women could not vote at all, along with other groups of people. It was the biggest voter suppression ever. Only white men, born into money and privilege, and land-owners. The country was used to this method for close to 50 years—keep that in mind.

These men simply viewed women as household caregivers. A dishwasher, a cleaner, a child-bearer. And when women would see a new president or someone big come into the political offices—and these women would see the plethera of corruption, the violence, the wars like the Texas–Indian wars of 1820 (and then the Alamo of 1836), or just generally white men bullying them to be in a specific position in life just the same as people of color—these women naturally decided to take a stand.

After the Reform Act of 1832 [SOURCE], 1 in 6 men in the 15 million population of men in America could then vote. Which was actually an increase at the time. The outrage amongst these feminists was justified. Plainly put, we had a broken America at the time.

It was a good thing that women started to get to vote in the 1920s. Even back in the late 1900s, suffragists were actually suing the supreme court in their effort to try and suppress women’s right to vote [SOURCE]. It was an awful position for women at the time, but despite that, they still prospered.

Then the second wave of feminism comes in. Which was about the 1960s to the 1980s. During this time, America had gone through positive changes for women that it seemed feminism had lost its fuel. But what surfaced was discrimination [SOURCE] of sexuality, family, working rights, and reproductive rights (i.e., abortion and contraceptives).

These were viewed, at the time, as wholly white women’s issues, as any woman outside of that narrow spectrum really didn’t have the option to fight for these types of issues, as those other groups were brought down heavily, just like in the early 1900s—and probably even before then, too. Which is injustice in and of itself.

Second wave was justified because women simply wanted to be able to have the same worker’s rights. And the campaign for Rosie the Riveter came.

I should say that mostly the second-wave was about working rights, as there were other issues at play. But the main one being the fact that it was much more difficult for women to seek out employment, as it was wholly expected for them to do the household duties and basically be a child-bearing, stay-at-home mommy [SOURCE]. This was problematic because it limited what women could do, and thusly, it limited their freedom to do whatever they wanted to.

Towards the end of the 1980s, and that being the end of second-wave feminism, the debate came to if pornography was moral in the standpoint of further pushing a feminist agenda, being as pornography wholly objectifies women, whilst simultaneously pushing for more freedom of sex (i.e., making it less taboo for a woman to have multiple partners and/or non-heterosexual endeavors [SOURCE].

Then comes the third-wave feminism. Oh goodie.

This wave is from early 1990s to present day. This type of feminism, as I see it, is mostly the pursuit of discovering an issue to fixate on.

You see, after women had gotten the right to vote and the right to work and the right to do whatever they wanted to with their body (sexually, medically, or otherwise), it came as a disappointment that majority women actually preferred, for example, to take on people-caring jobs such as nursing or teaching, not the “dirty jobs” such as plumbing, pipe-fitting, or any trade that requires you to get dirty every single day and exhert some level of strength.

This isn’t to say all women are weak, but compared to men, women are commonly weaker from a biological standpoint [SOURCE]. But even strength isn’t the issue, as most of these “dirty jobs” are simply unappealing to women.

Unionized trade-work, which is largely a democratic entity, has open enrollment to take the test and then receive the application to learn any trade the prospective student wants. Free schooling for 5 years, and you are guaranteed a job.

Even with those kinds of perks, and even having the absolute freedom and open-arms from these unions encouraging women to join, the numbers are staggering in how few women were interested in working for those unions [SOURCE].

No matter what feminists do, no amount of power can naturally move the numbers up on jobs that women simply do not want to do. In other words, with freedom comes reality. If you want to artificially up numbers to push your political agenda, would it be better for radical feminists to move to a communist country?

But I digress. The moral of the story is that first- and second-wave feminism have pretty much almost completely summed up the injustice women had faced in America. At this point, all third-wave feminism can do is complain about anything and everything. And only hope people will listen. Third-wave is, unfortunately for its followers, the downfall of the “F”-word that is “Feminism.”

Sally Fairfax
Contributing writer to Uhuru News