The term third wave feminism, coined in the early 1990s, is a term for a dynamic, sometimes contentious, body of thinking and activism within contemporary feminism. It defies easy definition, including even in terms of when to mark the origin of third wave ideas. In general, however, third wave feminism is viewed as the “next wave of feminism” that followed second wave feminism. Although there is an origins dispute, there is no doubt that from the early 1990s to the present, the third wave has become a global, more diverse inquiry into social systems of sex, race, and gender inequality and differences than occurred during second wave feminism.

Even though there is no single approach, three core strands of early third wave thinking/activism-postfeminism, ...

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