The Socialist Feminist Project / Edition 1

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Socialist feminist theorizing is flourishing today. This collection is intended to show its strengths and resources and convey a sense of it as an ongoing project with a vital role to play in struggles for emancipation from all forms of oppression and exploitation today. Not every contribution to that project bears the same theoretical label, but the writings collected here share a broad aim of understanding women's subordination in a way which integrates class and sex—as well as aspects of women's identity such as race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation—with the aim of liberating women.

Socialist Feminism brings together the most important recent socialist feminist writings on a wide range of topics: sex and reproduction, the family, wage labor, social welfare and public policy, the place of sex and gender in politics, and the philosophical foundations of socialist feminism. Although focusing on recent writings, the collection shows how these build on a struggle for women's liberation with earlier beginnings.

These writings demonstrate the range, depth, and vitality of contemporary social feminist debates. They also testify to the distinctive capacity of this project to address issues in a way that embraces collective experience and action while at the same time enabling each person to speak in their own personal voice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583670682
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Holmstrom is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University in Newark, and co-editor of Not for Sale: In Defense of Public Goods.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Foremothers/fathers 13
A Question of Class 30
Gender, Sexuality, Political Economy 46
Premenstrual Syndrome, Work Discipline, and Anger 63
Human Rights, Reproductive Health, and Economic Justice: Why They Are Indivisible 74
Reclaiming Marxist Feminism for a Need-Based Sexual Politics 83
The Family Is Dead, Long Live Our Families 90
Stories of Survival: Class, Race, and Domestic Violence 102
Redefining the Home 121
My Brother's Sex Was White, Mine Brown 123
Revisiting Marx and Engels on the Family 125
On Conceiving Motherhood and Sexuality: A Feminist-Materialist Approach 128
Bargaining with Patriarchy 137
The Disappearing Fathers under Global Capitalism 152
Women Workers and Capitalist Scripts: Ideologies of Domination, Common Interests, and the Politics of Solidarity 160
The Hidden History of Affirmative Action: Working Women's Struggles in the 1970s and the Gender of Class 181
Making Fantasies Real: Producing Women and Men on the Maquila Shop Floor 197
Machos and Machetes in Guatemala's Cane Fields 204
An International Perspective on Slavery in the Sex Industry 207
Globalizing Sex Workers' Rights 211
Still under Attack: Women and Welfare Reform 216
Toward a Strategy for Women's Economic Equality 228
Public Imprisonment and Private Violence: Reflections on the Hidden Punishment of Women 239
Conceptualizing Women's Interests 250
Appreciating Our Beginnings 260
Listen Up, Anglo Sisters 269
Capitalism and Human Emancipation: Race, Gender, and Democracy 277
Militarizing Women's Lives 293
Democratization: Reflections on Gendered Dislocations in the Public Sphere 298
Mapping Gender in African-American Political Strategies 313
Intersections, Locations, and Capitalist Class Relations: Intersectionality from a Marxist Perspective 336
The Feminist Standpoint Revisited 350
A Marxist Theory of Women's Nature 360
The Ecopolitics Debate and the Politics of Nature 377
Women and the Third World: Exploring the Dangers of Difference 396
Expanding Environmental Justice: Asian-American Feminists' Contribution 408
Acknowledgments 416
Index 419
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