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The author of the book: Mary-Alice Waters
ISBN 13: 9780873482417
Language: English
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Edition: Pathfinder Press (NY)
Date of issue: January 1st 1994
ISBN: 0873482417

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Mary-Alice Waters, in the 1970s, gave a speech, defending Marxism from feminist attacks. She feels several errors have been made in denigrating Marxism has anti-feminist.

The first mistake is an ahistorical reading. By this she means, for example, rejecting Aristotle entirely, for not writing in favor of slave rebellion, albeit he at least brought the issue of slavery up. She thinks 1970’s feminist, are applying post WWII standards, to 19th century and early 20th century thinkers, who, in their given historical moment, were already ahead of their time on feminist issues, than the rest of society by comparison. She cites the works of Lenin, Trotsky, Marx, and Engels, each of which were ahead of their era, and Lenin and Trotsky by today’s standards are up to speed with 21st century feminism.

The second mistake she believes feminist make is equating Stalinism, and right-wing Marxism, with all Marxism. Stalin towards his death put an emphasis on the nuclear family unit, outlawed abortions and divorce, and basically set women back, compared to the advances made under Lenin and the earlier Bolsheviks. Trotsky documented this well in several essays and books. Thus, to point to Stalinism, or other right wing Marxist, was a representation of the overall attitude of Marxism towards women – while Trotsky and other Marxist are actively refuting such policies – is to be myopic.

The third mistake she thinks feminist make are factual mistakes. As already indicated in regards to Stalinism, and Trotsky. Overall though she points out how socialist were often the first to let women be party managers, operate and manage protest and strikes, and steer committees, long before main stream political partys would ever tolerate it. The International was also the first ‘government’ body to allow for elections of women into office; often at the request of Marx. The list goes on.

The next issue Waters raises with Feminist is a philosophic issue, pointing out the bourgeois feminism, i.e., feminism that just demands equal pay, and access to the same jobs as men, does not liberate women, but only moves into the exploited class. Moreover, she believes bourgeois feminist fail to see the difference between actual women liberation, and capitalist democracy. She cites in Lenin who pointed out that winning the right to vote, and abortion rights – while they ought be struggled for – are a result of capitalism, and not failures in democracy in general. Even with democratic rights, economic factors will still guarantee that women can or cannot afford the actual abortion, or will need an abortion based on the inability to raise a child. Moreover, divorce (whether or not to have one) frequently revolves around income status, etc. Thus, bourgeoisie feminist are fighting a battle of conformity, and not radical liberation.

Overall a very concise, factual, and easy read.


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