The history of feminism in a nutshell must be described in the various stages and shades it has taken since the concept was first born in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
From Newton’s News:
First-Wave Feminism began in the United States in 1848 under the leadership of Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, N.Y</strong>. In 1850, the National Women’s Rights Convention was held, led by Lucy Stone, an early activist. Both groups merged in the formation (1863) of the Women’s National Loyal League, led by Susan B. Anthony. In 1878, a proposed right-to-vote amendment to the Constitution was written and submitted. Interesting note, these women were influenced by the Quaker theology of spiritual equality, which asserts that men and women are equal under God.
From that early beginning feminism wasn’t even called feminism because the word was not yet known to many women. It had been invented in 1837 by one Charles Fourier, a utopian socialist. Makes sense, huh?. The word first came into popular usage in America in 1910, although it was more often called women’s suffrage and activists were called suffragettes.
After 1919 when the 19th Amendment gave women the vote (the Wyoming territory did so in 1869, Utah Territory in 1870 and Washington Territory in 1883) The Feminist Movement rested, having won their case. The roaring 1920s was a time to have fun, with alcohol having the allure of a forbidden fruit.
Second wave feminism History of feminism in a nutshell is said to have begun around 1960. It coincided with or perhaps instigated the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Sexual power was thought to be the driving force of one’s political life women held that power in spades. A driving idea was that women has just as much right to sexual conquest as men. This idea was popular with college age women, and men liked it even more.
Feminism stalled in the 1980s and was revived in the 1990s under the banner of women assuring their equality to men with their sexual power over men. Life remained good for single men wanting lots of sex without commitment, and the hooking-up culture was born.
This last wave ended with women feeling like victims and the idea of date-rape was born. Under this new paradigm a woman who woke up in the morning regretting a consensual sexual encounter the night before could rain holy hell on a man by claiming he had raped her. This new brand of feminism ruined all the fun that feminism used to be for men.
Here is a short hand way of explaining all of the above:
Old Model of Men and Women
- Men run the show
- Women hold primitive sexual power over men
- Men feel obligated to control themselves for the sake of virtue
- Men subjugate women in order to prevent women from subjugating them with primitive sexual power, which frightens them
- Women adjust by wielding sexual power in covert and manipulative ways
Feminism New Model
- Rejection of Old Model where women’s power is indirect in favor of giving women direct power
19th and Early 20th Century Feminism
- Women exercise same political power as men by voting
1960’s and 1970’s Feminism
- Women exercise direct power by pursuing a career of their choice, equal with men [a minority of women had long pursued career of their choice, but often they were not able to do so equally with men. School teaching and nursing were female roles]
1990’s to the Present Feminism
- Women capitulate to sexual culture and once again freely flaunt sexual power over men
- 1990’s feminism holds that it is not enough for women to have equal job opportunity with men, they must be as free as men to have a high-powered sex life without being financially dependent on their sex partners
- Women should be free to use their sexual power over men to get what they want. This may take the form of actual promiscuity or dressing immodestly. Abortion on demand is a vital component of 1990’s feminism.
- Men react as they always have to women’s assertion of primitive sexual power, they seek to subjugate women to keep women from subjugating them. What is different this time is that men make little effort to control themselves; they are happy to indulge themselves in all the sex women are offering in the new promiscuity.
- Men are characterized and beasts victimizing women. Some women go nuts over this.
- Women again lose power and men again run the show
- Women who seek to gain power by flaunting as opposed to merely possessing sexual power always end up losing power because men are frightened by women’s primitive sexual power (as women are frightened by men’s direct power)
- The only true power women will ever be able to keep and exercise directly is the power that comes from personal integrity and winning the respect of men and women.
UPDATE: Mrs. TeeJaw busted out laughing when she read this. Not sure what that means.
UPDATE II: By 2014 Women are regressing into victimhood, this time by choice. They are straining to retain their direct power while also positioning themselves as victims. This will fail, and the attempts to cast men as brutes will backfire, leading to a return of men running the show as more and more women of integrity become disgusted with feminism.
UPDATE III: Mrs. TeeJaw laughing uncontrollably again. Still not sure what that means.