Women's oppression, feminism and the left

Women's oppression, feminism and the left - a book of readings

Feminism today is very fragmented. After Second Wave Feminism some of the political strands associated with that movement lived on and mutated. In the early 90s in academia, under the influence of post-modernism and among activists a new “generation” of feminism emerged. “Third Wave” feminism drew on the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s and developed some distinctive features. This collection of readings and discussion points reviews new developments in feminism, highlighting issues for the left and for a renewed socialist feminism. "Women's oppression, feminism and the left" is a...

Capitalism, socialism, and women

First section of chapter 2 of "The Case for Socialist Feminism" Women have been oppressed for thousands of years. Possibly they resisted the beginnings of this oppression with violence. For sure individual women have always kicked back and stood up for themselves. But the programme of women's liberation dates from capitalist society. Mary Aspell put it like this in 1706, linking women's liberation to the democratic manifesto of the bourgeois revolution: "Is it not partial in men in the last degree to contend for and practise that arbitrary dominion in their families which they abhor and...

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