Book: Gender Matters
Chapter: 6. Third Wave feminist text analysis
In this essay, I contrast Second and Third Wave feminist linguistics. Broadly speaking, Second Wave feminism focuses on the language of women as a subordinated group and Third Wave feminism challenges the homogeneity of women as a group and focuses instead on localised studies. I challenge the notion that these forms of analysis are simply chronological so that Third Wave feminism supersedes and supplants Second Wave feminism. I argue that Third Wave feminism is best seen as a development from Second Wave feminism which nevertheless depends on the basic framework of Second Wave feminism for its theoretical integrity.1 In order to contrast the way in which these two approaches work and to demonstrate that each can be put to work in particular contexts, I examine the difficulties for each approach in the analysis of sexism.