Women and Socialism Essays on Women s Liberation Thirty years have passed since the heyday of the women s liberation struggle yet women remain second class citizens Feminism has shifted steadily rightward since the s This collection of essays e

  • Title: Women and Socialism: Essays on Women's Liberation
  • Author: Sharon Smith
  • ISBN: 9781931859110
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirty years have passed since the heyday of the women s liberation struggle, yet women remain second class citizens Feminism has shifted steadily rightward since the 1960s This collection of essays examines these issues from a Marxist perspective, badly needed today.Women and Socialism locates the source of women s oppression in class society, arguing that only a movemeThirty years have passed since the heyday of the women s liberation struggle, yet women remain second class citizens Feminism has shifted steadily rightward since the 1960s This collection of essays examines these issues from a Marxist perspective, badly needed today.Women and Socialism locates the source of women s oppression in class society, arguing that only a movement integrating the fight for women s liberation with a struggle against a system that puts profit above human needs can end women s oppression along with all other forms of inequality.Sharon Smith is the author of many articles on women s liberation and the US working class Her writings appear regularly in Socialist Worker newspaper and the International Socialist Review.

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    2 thoughts on “Women and Socialism: Essays on Women's Liberation

    1. Before I explain why I didn't like this book, I need to clarify what it is. It is not a collection of socialist feminist thought; it is not an extended historical study of women's participation in socialist movements; it is not (despite it's subtitle) a theorization of how "class, race, and capital" work in conjunction with sexism to oppress women. These would all be laudable goals. Instead, this text aims to convince readings that a very particular understanding of Marxism is the only adequate [...]

    2. The best essays are 'What happened to feminism?" which traces mainstream (white, middle-class) feminism's increasingly reactionary politics since the 1970s, and 'Women and Islam' which explores the racist imperialist motivations behind France's banning of the veil, and explores the historical oppression of women in Islam and Christianity. This would be a good introductory text. I think some of her arguments are too simplistic. For example, I don't agree with her characterization of McKinnon as a [...]

    3. Despite the fact that nowadays nearly 99 per cent of dudes on OK Cupid are selfstylized 'intersectional feminists' (give me a f break, guys!), it is still critical to actually understand the tricky relationship between sex, race and class in late capitalism (way beyond secondary front debates). If you remove these linkages you end up precisely with the conceptually bankrupt white middle class/ UN/ Hillary Clinton notion of 'women's empowerment' and a shallow, repetitive critique of 'gender norms [...]

    4. Rus Devrimi içinde kadının konumu, kadın haklarının kazanımı (ancak Stalin'le beraber tekrar kaybedilmesi), Marx'ın kadın sorununu ele alışında feministlere eksik gelen noktalar gibi konuları irdelediği son bölümde Smith, özellikle Lev Troçki'den yaptığı alıntılarla kadına verilen önemin altını sıklıkla çiziyor ve bir yerde de Marksist feminizme yöneltilen eleştirilere cevap veriyor. Kitap hakkındaki yazımın tamamını blog'umda bulabilirsiniz.

    5. Sharon Smith presents a concise but complete history of the struggles for women's liberation, plus a theoretical framework that lights the continuing path to freedom. This is essential reading for those who are interested in the subject, and ought to be required reading for men who call ourselves socialists.

    6. I think this is an excellent book. Every essay was interesting and informative. Smith gives well reasoned arguments for her positions, is quick to denounce the non-action of groups like NOW when it comes to losing the PR war in the abortion debate, and even got me rethinking my position on the hijab.Smith is a Marxist through and through, and while I am not quite ready to drink that particular Kool-Aid, I find many of the arguments compelling. Perhaps my biggest stumbling block is that Marxism s [...]

    7. This updated edition of Women & Socialism is an incredibly rich introduction to the politics of women's liberation from a Marxist perspective. Smith covers an impressive range of issues: from the history of feminism in the United States; to Marxist theories on the origins of women's oppression; to intersectionality and the struggle of women of color against racism, sexism, and class oppression; to the efforts let by revolutionary women in the early Soviet Union to overturn their oppression - [...]

    8. Disclaimer: I only read about half of this book. But I did appreciate what I read, particularly the opening chapter with its elucidation of Engel's "The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State" and the theory that gender oppression arose from class society and not some ill-defined will to violence ingrained in men. My only complaint was that, even in the bit I read, there was some significant overlap, with quotes and passages being repeated. A fairly common problem with collections [...]

    9. 3.5 starsI really liked the analysis in this book, but could have lived without the author lamenting that "feminists" aren't doing enough to change the capitalist status quo. Certainly, mainstream feminist organizations were co-opted into the capitalist movement ages ago, but there are plenty of radical organizations and individual women who have been fighting back.

    10. a marxist explanation of women's struggles past present a future and how we can win a society based on equality. it is a little dated and could use some updating in light of the recent activity around rape and abortion rights. everything in this book is still super relevant and by updating i do not mean editing what is there but expanding the book with additional chapters/essays.

    11. Sharon Smith's book is a great exposition of the essentials of Marxist feminism. Very useful for socialists and all activists in the struggle for women's liberation.

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