By Zillah R. Eisenstein
"Fourteen provocative papers at the oppression of ladies in capitalist nations, coupled with 3 articles at the subordinate place of ladies in communist nations (Cuba and China). those vital, usually path-breaking articles are prepared in 5 uncomplicated sections, the titles of which point out the vast diversity of matters being thought of: `Introduction'; `Motherhood, copy, and male supremacy'; `Socialist feminist historic analysis'; `Patriarchy in innovative society'; `Socialist feminism in America.' The underlying thrust of the ebook is towards integrating the significant rules of radical feminist notion with these pivotal for Marxist or socialist classification analysis..." [From the again conceal]
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02 We must, however, ask whose everyday life we are speaking about. Although there are real differences between women's everyday lives, there are also points of contact that provide a basis for cross-class organizing. While the differences must be acknowledged (and provide political priorities) . the feminist struggle begins from the commonality that derives from the particular roles women share in patriarchy. Many socialist feminists were radical feminists first. They felt their oppression as women and then, as they came to understand the role of capitalism in this system of oppression, they became committed to socialism as well.
What we will discover in this exploratory feminist class analysis is a complicated and varied pattern, whose multigrid conceptualization mirrors the complexity of sex and class differentials in the reality of women's l i fe and experience. Reproduc- Child- lion rearing Maintenance of home Sexuality Consumplion Unemployed women Welfare Houseworkers (housewives) Working women outside of home nonprofessional Working women outside of home professional Wealthy women who do not work (even in own home) This model would direct attention to class differences within the context of the basic relationship between the sexual hierar chy of society and capitalism.
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. It stabilizes the society through the family while it organizes a realm of work, domestic labor, for which there is no pay (housewives], or limited pay (paid houseworkers) , or un equal pay (in the paid labor force).