It’s been circulating in emails since 2009.
I want to try out a weather metaphor for gender activism. See how this works:
I think we can all agree there are problems in our society such as sexism, racism, classism, etc. I think a good way to show this is with a polluted body of land:
Now how feminism traditionally tries to clean up this entire mess is with Waves:
Waves are strong forces that cause lots of change. We identify as 4th Wave Feminists because we want everyone to be able to do whatever they want as long as they aren’t causing harm to others. Societal institutions like racism, sexism, and ableism do not allow for that so we fight them. Assumed binaries are harmful so we want to expand gender and sexual roles so everybody can live how they want without shame or stigma. With that, intersectionality is a must because if you only fight one type of garbage, there is still going to be a lot left for others. I think this in general is what 4th Wave is about and most people who identify with 4th Wave Feminism would agree.
The thing is people can use the 4th Wave in different ways. We are not all going to agree all the time. That doesn’t mean one way is better than the other.
Some people surf waves (I want that to be this blog):
Some people para-sail:
Some people ride boats on waves:
The thing is you can also not believe waves are the best way to destroy the kyriarchy. No-Wave Feminists are awesome and are doing great work too. You all can be the No-Wave Hurricane:
There are the womanists who exclusively look at race and gender as intersecting oppressors. You all were inspirations for this blog and you are amazing. You can be the Womanist Cyclone:
You can be LGBT or QUILTBAG or any other term and be focused on Queer rights and activism. People who are not hetero-normative and fight for the rights of people who do not fit hetero-normative values are invaluable. You all can be the Queer Thunderstorm:
Lastly, you can be egalitarian or equalist and not fight under a specified label and you’re still doing great. You all can be the Egalitarian Avalanche:
Anyways, I’m sure there are other groups I did not mention and if you don’t like this metaphor, that is fine. I just whipped it up in like 10 minutes but I hope it’s effective. We’re all just doing things differently and I think we have the same goals in mind. At least, I’d like to hope so.