Marx the Feminist?

Hormel, Leontina M.
http://monthlyreview.org/2016/01/01/marx-the-feminist/

Publisher:  Monthly Review
Date Written:  02/01/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18734

In the face of global economic crisis and the dismantling of social programs under austerity policies, many feminists are re-engaging Marx's critique of capitalism. This return to Marx is necessary if we are effectively to overcome gender oppression, especially since the latest trends in feminism -- or at least those "fit to print" and discussed in the popular press -- place the onus of equal treatment squarely on women's shoulders. Newfound feminists like Sheryl Sandberg advise women to "lean in" and adjust their behaviour to suit the aggressively entrepreneurial norms rewarded in the real world that men lead. As Nancy Fraser aptly puts it, these tendencies within feminism serve as "capitalism’s handmaiden": such identity-centered, cultural critiques have helped obscure capital's dependency on gendered oppressions.

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