Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism by Zillah R. Eisenstein

By Zillah R. Eisenstein

"Fourteen provocative papers at the oppression of ladies in capitalist international locations, coupled with 3 articles at the subordinate place of girls in communist nations (Cuba and China). those very important, usually path-breaking articles are prepared in 5 easy sections, the titles of which point out the wide diversity of concerns being thought of: `Introduction'; `Motherhood, copy, and male supremacy'; `Socialist feminist old analysis'; `Patriarchy in innovative society'; `Socialist feminism in America.' The underlying thrust of the publication is towards integrating the valuable rules of radical feminist proposal with these pivotal for Marxist or socialist classification analysis..." [From the again disguise]

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And the two jobs get done for less than the price of one. All of the processes involved in domestic work help in the perpetuation of the existing society. ) by fulfilling these roles. (2) Simultaneously, women are reproduc­ ing new workers, for both the paid and unpaid labor force. They care for the men and children of the society. (3) They work as well in the labor force for lesser wages. (4) They stabilize the economy through their role as consumers. If the other side of production is consumption, the other side of capitalism is patriarchy.

Capitalism was seen to exploit women, but there was no con­ ception of how patriarchy and capitalism together defined wo­ men's oppression. Today, especially with the insights of radi­ cal feminism, we see that not only is the equation of exploita­ tion and oppression problematic, but that if we use Marx's own categorization of productive labor as wage labor, domestic slaves are not exploited in the same way as wage slaves. They would have to be paid a wage for this to be true. The reduction of oppression to exploitation, within Marxist analysis, rests upon eql}ating the economic class structure with the structure of power in society.

Productive labor was defined as wage labor, labor which produces surplus value-capital. The conditions of production in society then, define and shape production, reproduction, and consumption in the fam­ ily. So, to(),_ the family mode. llmQdity production. efjpe the political economy. Within a capita1iSl pa- tnarchal economy-where profit, which necessitates a system of political order and control, is the basic priority of the ruling class-the sexual division of labor and society serves a specific purpose.

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