Essay on The Revitalization Of The Feminist Movement

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Feminism in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution was dominated by women who identified as white and/or mestiza heterosexuals and who were most commonly members of the middle class, and sometimes the upper class as well. The lack of diversity within the Mexican feminist community led to the marginalization of numerous groups, most notably indigenous women’s groups, called indigenous feminism, and groups for women who did not identify as heterosexual, referred to as lesbian feminism. This paper focuses on the revitalization of the feminist movement that started in the late 1960s and continued into the late 1980s and how marginalized lesbian and indigenous feminist groups used Second Wave Feminism to begin demanding recognition within the mainstream feminist movement in Latin America, specifically Mexico. During the 1970s, a new form of feminism was created, called Second Wave Feminism. Second Wave Feminism lasted from the end of the 1960s or the beginning of the 1970s until the end of the 1980s and can be characterized by an increase in politicization by middle class women. Also widely known as radical feminism, it introduced many revolutionary ideas into the feminist movement. Many of these goals were international, as Second Wave Feminism occurred at similar times in numerous westernized countries, especially countries in North America. Reproductive rights and access to safe abortions, negation of gender roles, specifically those requiring women to be mothers and to stay at…

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