dual systems and adaptation in general
wesley david cecil
wcecil at ucs.indiana.edu
Tue Nov 8 12:05:30 MST 1994
> When we say that men are another "class" who "exploit" women, we transform
> men into the class enemy. How are we going to organize ourselves as an
> economic class if we go around vilifying half the class? Certainly, men oppress
> women. Not all men, not all the time, not even half the time because they
> choose to. The capitalist system, which is indeed the BASE, creates structures
> in which men are relatively privileged. The capitalists do not conspire with
> men to exploit women. Men themselves suffer TREMENDOUSLY from the system
> of patriarchy. Patriarchy warps and distorts their character structures.
> As Reich would argues, psychosexual misery knows no gender. Can the same
> be said for economic class? Does capitalism oppress the capitalist economically?
> Only as he ceases to be a capitalist--or all the way to the bank!
> It also prevents men from thinking clearly about the alliances they need to make
> to overthrow their real oppressers. It identifies them WITH their oppressors:
> men, and women identify with characters like Donald Trump, who move from
> buxom babe to buxom babe, with narry a care as to whom leaves on the trash
> heap of his sexual escapades (See VEBLEN).
> So please, let's remain clear in our thinking. Let's retain those old hoary
> Marxist concepts of base/superstructure until very good reason can be shown
> to discard them. Yes, call me an old fogey, but I'm proud to be a Marxist-
> feminist. And a socialist one, too.
I agree that we should not be to rductive in our models of
exploitation. However, I think making Donald Trump the enemy is quite
incorrect. Capitalism is a system and no individual is really all that
important. The problems are basically -- in terms of Marxism/Feminism --
the power nexus of gender and private property and the ideological systems
that adhere to them.
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