Postmodern Feminism

Whereas radical feminism is exceedingly rare outside of societies practicing pre-modern agriculture, and conservative feminism can be found almost universally, there exists a third type that is particularly relevant in modern corporate environments: postmodern feminism.

Postmodernism in general refers to an intellectual movement that emerged as in response to the cultural changes taking place in Western society during the Industrial Revolution. It questioned ideas which were becoming popular at that time, such as unilineal evolution, the concept that all human societies were in different stages of development and were progressing towards a goal that was best represented by Western European society.

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A map of the 1905 Russo-Japanese War, which marked the beginning of the decline of intellectual support for white supremacy.

At the social level, postmodern feminism views traditional gender roles as an artificial construction that impedes individual self-expression. However, because it typically operates within the context of a patriarchal society, there is a constant desire to avoid being associated with radical feminism.

An example of this tendency at work is the phenomenon of out of wedlock pregnancies in North America, Europe, and Oceania following social transformations during the mid-20th century. Although intercourse with a partner outside of a committed relationship is considered a form of radical feminism in most societies, postmodern societies get around this restriction by having both partners agree to settle down in the event of a pregnancy. The male partner can usually be convinced on the grounds of social responsibility, with the female partner agreeing as a result of higher biological investment.

Likewise, reproductive health is managed by restricting the pool of potential partners. Typically, there are restrictions against rape (both partners need to be able to consent to the act; this definition typically includes factors that prevent someone from legally giving consent, such as age, developmental disabilities, and state of intoxication), and incest (both partners cannot be closely related to each other). Furthermore, the spread of STIs* can be mitigated by avoiding those who are known to engage in risky behavior.

In postmodern feminist societies, marriage is motivated primarily by convenience and economic incentives, with either partner having the ability to leave the relationship at any time. Both partners are expected to remain faithful to each other for the duration of the relationship, but the patriarchal subtext places significantly less stigma on male partners who choose to leave. Parents spend significantly less time raising their children than they would in a society practicing conservative feminism, with welfare programs providing for their economic needs and child care programs to teach societal skills. In rare cases, children may be separated from their parents if it is believed that their environment is not supportive of their development.

*STI is an acronym for “sexually transmitted infection”, and replaces the previous acronym STD, which is used in several contexts outside of reproductive health as an abbreviation for “standard”.

References

“World War Zero? Re-Assessing the Global Impact of the Russo-Japanese War 1904-050?1904-1905 | The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.” N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

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