Monday, November 8, 2010

Red Feminism

Steve Hayes on a book of that title arguing that "ideas, activists and traditions that emanated from the Communist movement of the forties and fifties continued to shape the direction of the new women's movement of the 1960s and later" — American Communism and the Rise of Feminism.

Concluding that "feminism is a direct outgrowth of American Communism," the reviewer states, "There is nothing that feminists said or did in the 1960's-1980's that wasn't prefigured in the CPUSA of the 1940's and 1950's." The reviewer continues, "Communists pioneered the political and cultural analysis of woman's oppression" [sic] and "originated 'women's studies,' and advocated public daycare, birth control, abortion and even children's rights. They forged key feminist concepts such as 'the personal is the political' and techniques such as 'consciousness raising.'"

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Blogger earthboundkid said...

I thought this was well known. If you take classes in women's studies, they're not shy about discussing the link between Marxism and feminist theory. Of course, it wouldn't be fair to call them "Communists" as opposed to "Marxists" but the link to the theories of class consciousness, etc. is fairly explicit.

Thanks for the link below, BTW.

2:29 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the comments. Interesting that Feminism should owe so much to a Dead White European Male.

Much better are real American women like Mother Jones and Emma Goldman, who opposed women's suffrage and the "right" to work outside the home.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Interesting that Feminism should owe so much to a Dead White European Male.

Brilliant! =D

10:55 PM  
Blogger gsk said...

This has been reasonably well-known, but I'd like to find the book anyway. Interestingly, the next stage of the dialectic (after the creation of the proletariat) was the struggle between male and female, leading us to androgyny. With feminists driving men nuts (and out of the home) we're getting there. Furthermore, redefining the family has taken its toll on both masculinity and femininity. Poor kids -- such is the pity.

12:40 PM  

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