This site is great fun to build, maintain, and add to, but what's the point if no one reads it? We are pleased to get email from people who have enjoyed our site. It's especially gratifying to know when we have made a woman (or man) pause and think, reconsider underlying assumptions, or become aware of new ideas and interpretations.
On this page, we publish just a few of the many positive emails we have received over the years.
I am an 18 year old student in Canada. I found myself with an essay topic regarding the third wave of feminism. The question asked whether or not it existed, and until I found this page, I had not decided. Not only did you provide me with a thesis, but a completely different outlook on feminism as a whole. We were asked in class if we considered ourselves feminists, and I did not know how to respond. Naturally, I matched myself against the "Second Wavers" and decided I wasn't completely. But if I think about it, I am. I can see what women are dealing with in the workforce, the economy etc. and can relate to it all. I know that someday I might have to choose between having a family, putting my career on temporary hold (because let's face it, I can't give birth in an office) and being as competitive as men in the workforce. I look to the third wave of feminism to correct that, among other issues. I shouldn't have to choose. I truly enjoyed your site, and found myself reading almost everything on it, not for the purposes of my assignment, but because it fascinated me. I thank those of you who put so much effort into creating this site, and who have put so much effort into changing the conditions I will face as a young woman.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I did a search for Third Wave Feminists and found your little slice of cyber-heaven. I have been posting at the Ms. Bulliten Boards and it has been a rude awakening. When I've tried to share how being a stay at home mother was, first and foremost, a feminist based decision for me, I've been dismissed. When I point out that undervaluing and dismissing what has traditionally been women's work, I'm ignored. Better yet, I'm told I'm a pawn of "the state" and not really making my own decisions. ARG! So, THANK YOU! You've saved this 31 year old woman's sanity for the day.
I love your website. I stumbled upon it when I typed "feminism" into an Internet search engine. I hesitated to call myself a feminist for a long time because of all the negative connotations attached to feminism by the media (for example, the misconception that all feminists are "men-bashers"), but this stuff is great! I have always emphasized the fact that what I'm fighting for is a better, more equal world for both men AND women. Your website contained a lot of views similar to my own, and also had gave me perspective on issues to which I hadn't really given much consideration in the past. I actually spent hours today just reading as many articles I could and finding out more information to base my beliefs on. Ultimately, my life goal is to save the world, to make it better in whatever little way I can, and to eliminate the misconceptions and the negative values promoted in today's mass media. I strongly believe that one of the most effective means we have to do this is through example and education. Your website has helped "educate" me (and hopefully countless others) so that I can make a bigger difference in the world through the way I live my life and through what others learn from me. I just wanted to thank you for the work you put into making your website a stimulating, educational, and thought-provoking experience for me!
I cannot tell you how impressed I am by this site. I have just finished reading every article available and I feel refreshed to know that there are other people out there who feel they way that I do about feminism today. Thank you, thank you !!
Dear WWWavers, Thank heavens you've come along! I'm too old to be revolutionary. My 21 through 13 year old children smile patronizingly when I rant about women's lives and then lose a word mid-sentence. They need to hear your voices. I hope that you have room for women like me in your movement. My peers never did. Every time someone would ask me if I worked, I would answer "Yes, I'm a homemaker." A silent incredulous stare would be the answer. I've raised my own 4 kids, and many of the neighborhood kids while their folks were doing "important" work, and I suppose I would have raised many more if I'd stayed in the classroom, but I would have had no energy for what has been and still is the work that centers me. Administering a household is worthy work that has been taken on by women over millenia. I hope you have a place for those of your age who do that worthy work.
I just visited your site and absolutely loved it! It's the first time I've found a feminist site that resonated with my own experience of feminism. I suppose that's because most of what I'd found had been second wave resources, and as one on the trailing edge of the third wave (I turned 20 in May) I found that I often felt as though they were talking about other people, even though I consider myself a feminist. I figured that was because of the focus of my feminism. See, I'm Roman Catholic and am called to be a priest. You see the problem. Thing is, I don't want to become Episcopalian (that would help nobody but me, and the idea doesn't fit me anyway) and although my experiences with paganism were positive, is didn't fit either. Anyway, most of my focus has been on the theological aspects of feminism, and the feminist aspects of theology. So, most of what I was finding in "feminist" resources said absolutely nothing to me. There was no room for "non-political, non-economic discussions, and it always felt as though there wasn't supposed to be. Until I found your delightful site. Although you don't (as least as far as I had time to read) go into theology or spirituality, there is a definite sense of openess and acceptance of different foci, different opinions. Thank you for putting up this site!
Hello, I am a 20 year old college student and I just wanted to comment that I have stumbled upon your page and find it to be very informative. Thank you so much for taking the time to publish this information so that young feminists can become educated and empowered. One year ago I was in a miserable, mentally abusive, co-dependent relationship and saw no way out. Through the help of some dear strong smart women in my life, I have broken the pattern that my mother, grandmother and many others have set of ending up in a relationship forever that does not recognize the beauty, intelligence, and needs of a woman. I have now realized my true potential for happiness, self actualization and control over my life. I am thankful that at this young age I have learned that I do not need a man to be happy, and I plan to excel in all areas of my professional and personal life without the help of men who are deluded about gender roles in our society. I am a part of a new generation of feminists who rather than show their beliefs through protest, show them through success and education. I have a lot more to learn, and our society needs a LOT more work in this area, but I am happy to see the success of your site which denotes that PEOPLE ARE LISTENING...Keep up the good work ladies and never stop making yourself and helping others be HEARD...Thank you.
I just visited your site today for the first time. Congrats on a straightforward, enlightening site which actually touches upon the fact that not all of us are heterosexual. Too often when I search for feminist-related sites I come upon pages which are totally irrelevant to lesbian and bisexual lives. These are the same sites which claim they speak for 'all women' at the expense of race, SES, sexual orientation, disability, etc.....keep up the good work, and perhaps you will include more articles on sexual orientation-related issues in the future.