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Fourth-wave feminism is a feminist movement that began around 2012 and is characterized by a focus on the empowerment of women, the use of internet tools, and intersectionality. The fourth wave seeks greater gender equality by focusing on gendered norms and the marginalization of women in society.
Fourth-wave feminism focuses on sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual violence, the objectification of women and sexism in the workplace. Internet activism is a key feature of the fourth wave. Fourth-wave feminism broadens its focus to other groups, including people who are homosexual, transgender and people of colour, advocating for their increased societal participation and power. It also advocates for equal incomes regardless of sex and challenges traditional gender roles for men and women, which it believes are oppressive. The movement further argues against sexual assault, objectification, harassment and gender-based violence.
Some have identified the movement as a reaction to post-feminism, which argues that women and men have already reached equality. It also brought back some second wave feminist ideas into discourse, with Pacific University saying the movement criticises "sexual abuse, rape, violence against women, unequal pay, slut-shaming, the pressure on women to conform to a single and unrealistic body-type" and advocates for "gains in female representation in politics and business".
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