Thirty years have passed since the heyday of the women’s liberation struggle, yet women remain second-class citizens. Feminism has shifted steadily rightward since the 1960s. This collection of essays examines these issues from a Marxist perspective, badly needed today.
Women and Socialism locates the source of women’s oppression in class society, arguing that only a movement integrating the fight for women’s liberation with a struggle against a system that puts profit above human needs can end women’s oppression—along with all other forms of inequality.
Sharon Smith is the author of many articles on women’s liberation and the US working class. Her writings appear regularly in Socialist Worker newspaper and the International Socialist Review.
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Feminism whether radically applied to our lives, studied through the lense of academia, or ridiculed by the disintegrating pulpits of the conservative press has lost it's sense of cohesiveness and more important it's orignal sense of urgency . Feminisms decline here in America can easily be attributed to (and often is by third-wave feminist writers) to the men and their system of patriarchy. Radical Feminists have clung to this thesis since the sixties, but what's more sad than this blatantly false diagnosis is that feminism has been pawned off, bought off, and sold as a cheap parlor trick. Sharon Smith explains the urgency of Feminism, while espousing the need for socialism in order for all women and men to live equally and achieve the lofty goals of feminist men and women. Socialism is written about in this book as a clear prerequisite for the conditions of equality between men and women. The individualist's approach to feminism as Sharon Smith repeats throughout the book has led to such absurdities as NOW (the National Organization of Women) defending Bill Clinton's sexual harrasment of Paula Jone's because he was "supporting them." it is an eye opening read for anyone interested in defending women's rights internationally and fighting for a amangeable picture of equality between the sexes.