Third-wave feminism is the most recent iteration of the feminist movement, and a movement in and of itself, as well. Within third wave, the primary focus of feminist goals shifted from earlier waves. The first wave concentrated on politics and getting women the vote and the second wave cared most about women's equality in the workplace. The specific goal of third wave is inclusion, its emphasis being inclusion of the various experiences of women outside of white women. Though the focus has shifted to identity over politics, the overarching goal of gender equality is, of course, still key to the movement.
Part of third-wave feminism is an emphasis on seeing more inclusive and diverse representations of women in media. This subject is naturally pointed at shows led by women. Which brings us to whether popular CW show Supergirl can be considered feminist. This subject has been up for debate of late, and though the show suffers from the clunky and heavy-handed writing often found on the CW, there is much to suggest it's not only feminist, but third wave.
Despite its occasional lack of grace, Supergirl does in fact take on a number of social issues - perhaps most saliently xenophobia, as it is, after all, a show about an alien - that set up opportunities to highlight third-wave priorities. Here are examples of the many ways Supergirl represents third-wave feminism.
It Gives Respect And Screen Time To The Experience Of Gay Women
It Rejects The Idea That Any Woman Has A Responsibility To A Man (Albeit With Aliens)
A Woman Of Unabashed Authority Is A Leading CharacterPhoto: CBS
It's Not Afraid To Show The Struggle To Embrace One's Worth Despite Socio-Economic Status
Anything Superman Can Do, Supergirl Can Do Better
National City's Embrace Of Supergirl As Their HeroPhoto: CBS