Usually, feminism is perceived negatively in society. There is no one answer to this incorrect attitude. Feminism is covered in myths that have nothing to do with the basic idea of feminism. Myths are created out of lack of knowledge and fantasies. So, what do you need to know about this movement of women?
The First Wave of Feminism
The first feminist movement is associated with suffragists, but this concept narrows the movement itself. By the way, when it comes to the history of feminism, it is important to know that it started in the USA. The U.S. was a little bit more liberal regarding women because of the historical experience. This means that the old European traditions have not been able to take root on the continent.
It has become a European tradition to believe that a woman is a worse human being. Of course, waves of feminism also reached Europe, but it was more difficult for Europeans to fight for their rights. For this reason, European feminists had to take more dramatic measures to fight for equal rights, as the resistance to any women’s movement was fiercer in the Old Continent. However, women have not stopped fighting for their human rights what belonged to them and depends to them by nature.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton is the woman who gave the sparkle to the beginning of the first wave of feminism. This woman, who arrived in London in 1840 with her women colleagues at the Abolitionist Congress, received a statement that she and other women could not sit in the same room with the men, and she was not allowed to give her speech. The American women then won the right to attend the congress with the men, but they could only listen to what the men were saying, as the group of women were forbidden to speak. There is no doubt that after such a conflict those women felt humiliated. A few years after the incident, Elizabeth dared to place an ad in the newspaper of her hometown of Seneca Falls, USA, and she invited to unite all women who their life as women in American society seems unjust. Many women responded to this call, so in 1848 a movement for equal rights for women was born.
The Second Wave of Feminism
Around 1960, U.S. society began to rebel in various forms: various youth subcultures developed, the Beatles cult that encouraged rebellion against parents, against the Vietnam War, or for equal rights for blacks. Women also wanted to get education, to work, and have a career.
In 1963, Betty Friedan’s book The Mystique of Femininity was published, which set out quite clearly what invisible problems women had. Although, the book does not clearly define what femininity is, the author says that society is overly fascinated by the female model “wife – mother – housewife”. The author said that many women have lost the joy of life, because such housewives cannot realize themselves.
In 1963, the wave of modern feminism has started. Like every other movement it has places to criticize, as feminism essentially has them, like radical feminism. And radical feminism, with the manifest SCUM published by Valerie Solan, has damaged the basic ideas of feminism and proves the idea that radicalism is not the right choice.