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Posted May 6, 2003
I am old enough to have attended the speech by George Novack that this pamphlet was based on. At that time, the Womens liberation movement in its second wave was a new phenomena. There were many people who mistakenly thought that they were Marxists or communists, and even a few people who really were, who were wary of the movement. Many were sectarian and oblivious to anything that didnt look like their own warped fantasies of what the union struggles of the thirties. The decision of George Novack, a central leader of the Socialist Workers party, an internationally known philosopher who had been launched into the field of Marxist theory by Leon Trotsky himself, to give a public talk on the importance of this movement, was a major event for revolutionists and for the women's movement. George did not falter. What we have here is a clear picture of the historical role of this struggle, the role the oppresion of women plays in modern capitalism, and the need for working people to embrace this movement, all told with Novacks usual erudition, wit, and clarity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2003
Written in 1969, the most engaging aspect of this pamphlet is the way it roots today's struggle for women's equality in human history. Without exaggerating the attention paid to 'the distaff side,' the author goes over the place of demands for women's rights in the English and French revolutions centuries ago and the intertwining of the fight against slavery and the fight for women's rights in the US in the 1800s. Given the cloying, annoying and frankly unconvincing lipservice paid to women's rights by today's Establishment, the writer's explanation of the link between socialist revolution and the attainment of women's rights is pretty convincing. This latter point is somewhat better laid out in 'Feminism and the Marxist Movement' by Mary-Alice Waters, but I would recommend this title for its historical sweep. And really impressive that it was penned in the 1960s - a tribute to the Marxist method.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2003
George Novack was the leading Marxist philosopher of the 20th Century. But more than that, he was a revolutionist, hungry to do whatever he could to help new armies of oppressed and working people fight with the best weapons and achieve victory. In this pamphlet, he addresses the then new women's liberation movement. Novack shows how women's struggles can play an important role in the battle to free humanity from capitalism. Novack explains how deeply rooted women's oppression is in the capitalist system, and how the demands of women for reproductive rights, for equality on the job and in political life, and against the sexist social life and culture of this society are part of the demands of all working people against capitalist exploitation. We can expect a new dynamic struggle of women for their rights to emerge as part of the growing resistance of working people around the world to imperialist wars, near depression conditions in the economy, and increasing repression. Reading this pamphlet will help us understand, embrace, and support that movement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.