I claim that Second and Third wave shares many attributes with that of cults, that “Feminism” is in fact a quasi-cultish set of ideologies and movements; I place a special emphasis on Third-Wavers.
The text below originates from the Edmonton Society of Mind Abuse.
Warning Signs that You are in a Cult
If you suspect the group you are in is harmful, but are not sure, ask yourself these questions:
do they claim to have a special corner on the truth, something no other groups has?
Do Feminists do this? Most certainly. White men can never understand the plight of women and people of colour–that is to say, everyone, except for white men
are you told to not question what is being taught, as the leadership are godly, honest, have divine authority and you must trust them?
Check. It is not, that a feminists are explicitly told so, but that the behaviour of the group discourages thinking along anything other than party lines.
are you discouraged from asking questions as to why members have left, and expected to accept the reasons the group leadership gives you?
Not so much, but rather that those who leave or speak out against feminism are typically demonized.
do they put down other churches, groups, etc, while pointing out their faults and errors to build themselves up? do they use peoples faults and sins as examples of what to do and what not to do?
Most definitively. They put down other ideologies, especially those that counter Feminist ideologies. They use terms such as “rape apologist”, “slut-shamer”, “sexist”, “racist” and 50 shades of “-phobes” and “-ists”.
are you made to feel your failures, as though your performance is not up to par to their righteous standards?
Most certainly. See above.
do they recommend for you to be around their people, expecting you to attend all group activities? if you do not, are you are questioned about your spirituality or dedication?
The more radical activist types do, but not the coffee-shop variety of feminists.
do they stop you from reading anything negative about themselves?
No, in fact, they seek it out so as to immediately name-call and shame those who do, or who even in the subtlest way hint at it, or even so much as dare to disagree with their dogma. Radical Feminists do not want you to ignore something when you have the opportunity for self-righteous outrage.
do they call those who fall away enemies, dogs, or cancer, even using examples from the Bible or other such materials?
Frequently. Yes. See “-ists” and “-phobes.”
do they place and emphasis on evil and the devil, declaring that the world outside is a threat to the group?
PATRIARCHY! The War on Women! Phallogocentrism! Misogyny!