Some thoughts on feminism and the left March 14, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Economy, Feminism, The Left.
I’m not really that antagonistic to quotas, but I think the problems we face are so deep rooted that quotas don’t necessarily address the issue.
The points that capitalism itself was responsible for much of the social ferment of the 1960s and onwards rings true with me. Mather’s argues that:
It is true that the ‘nuclear family’ was confronted by many changes in the 1970s – I do not underestimate the influence of the women’s movement, the other liberation movements, 1968 and so on. But what was happening beneath all this was western capitalism’s financialisation – moving away from domestic production and the transfer of industries to where there was cheaper labour and an absence of workers’ rights: fewer obstacles to the maximum extraction of surplus value.
That’s a strong rebuttal of a certain conservative view that ‘liberalism’ unleashed social change when such social change was in part a symptom rather than a cause (though in fairness, and Mather’s makes this clear, it’s not that it lacked all agency of its own).
I like the sympathetic take on intersectionality in the piece, even if I’d have a question mark over the use of the word ‘leadership’ in the context of same, my sense was that the meaning of intersectionality goes a bit beyond ‘leadership’. Anyhow, well worth a read. More on all these topics in the future.
I also like the strong defence of feminism as intrinsic to the left, for example:
Women were told that they were free to work, that they were liberated from the shackles of the nuclear family – there was some truth in that – but at the same time they had no additional support as they took up full-time or part-time work: the double burden of oppression – production and reproduction [in the broadest sense - wbs] – remained.