The early part of 3rd wave (or “pre 3rd wave really) around 1990 *was* egalitarian in focus and included all human rights. I took a few classes, attended a few seminars and things.
Feminism was just humanitarianism, egalitarianism, multiculturalism, etc. Respect. Civility, conflict theory, stuff like that.
But something happened somewhere in the mid-90s and it’s been continuing, where the good messages got turned into battle cries and the Us/Them stuff started up again like in 2nd wave.
I was lucky I had my thinking trained inbetween 2+3. We’re all just people.
Well, there’s some uniquely women’s issues just as there’s some uniquely men’s issues, but they’re all in the category of conflict theory, power struggles, socialization, bigotry, role playing etc, and they can be fought on the same battlefront.
When I see 3rd wave feminism and 3rd wave men’s rights fighting back and forth in forums, it looks to me like they’re flirting rather than being serious.
Egalitarianism is a difficult process: there’s lot of hurdles to overcome. I still see a need for some areas of specialization, but the extremists really have to settle down, shake hands across the table and see that they’re fighting for the same thing.