Postfemininity – definition

Post feminism is a reaction to pre-conceived ideas of second-wave feminism. Second-wave feminism was a movement in 1960s America that spread throughout the Western world. This type of feminism lasted throughout the 80s and is still poignant today. Second-wave feminism tackled wide range of issues, such as; sexuality, family and the workplace. It also focused on domestic violence and changes in custody and divorce law. This differed from feminism as that focused mainly on suffrage, legal obstacles and gaining the right to vote. We are now in a period of third-wave feminism which began in the early 90s. Part of this is ‘sex-positivity’ a celebration of sexuality.  For example, many third-wave feminists have reconsidered the disagreement to pornography and sex work that they disagreed with in second-wave feminism.


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