Re.: An actual theory of class and gender

Chris Brady cdbrady at attglobal.net
Mon Aug 12 05:33:44 MDT 2002


Nancy, your theory of the family is interesting.  Perhaps you might wish
to see how other marxist and red socialist organizations approach
feminist ideas and goals.  Most have helpful links, as well.  I have
selected a broad but not wholly representative array of groups.  The
first article referred to below touches on some of your questions.

THE COMMUNIST PARTY
The CPUSA advocates: “Equal rights for women. Equal pay for equal work.
Protect reproductive rights. End sexism.”
Also: “LGBT Rights Equal rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgendered people including domestic partnership. End homophobia.”

“ Remarks on the Fight for Women's Equality”
 by Dee Myles  http://www.cpusa.org/article/archive/58/
Our goal in this brief report is to lay bare the relationship between
the fight for women's equality and the struggle of the working class, to
highlight why the ultra right targets women, and, lastly, to challenge
the Party to recast its understanding of the new reality of the
importance of the Woman Question in light of the significant emergence
of women as members of the paid work force as well as unpaid caregivers
to and caretakers of working-class families.

You might find the title of this article enticing:
“Women's Rights, Agriculture, American Indians, Gun Control, and High
Stakes Testing”


COMMITTEES OF CORRESPONDENCE
We are people of all races and national backgrounds who are committed to
the struggle for democracy and socialism
.
Our members are activists in all the social movements of our country -
of labor, civil rights, immigrant rights, women, peace, international
solidarity, gay and lesbian rights, environment, youth and students,
seniors, and religion. We have come together to help shape a clear cut
alternative to the destructive, mean-spirited corporate drive for profit
above all else. We seek constructive solutions to the problems of
poverty and unemployment, racism, sexism, health, education, and
housing.
http://www.cofc.org/htm/about.htm


THE SOCIALIST PARTY
SPUSA
Socialist-Feminism

 Socialists realize that economic, class oppression is just one type of
oppression found in contemporary capitalist societies. Other types of
oppression include sexism and racism, and the Socialist Party is
committed to fighting all of them.

 The Socialist Party recognizes that the oppression of women pre-dates
capitalism and so will not automatically be ended by the transition to
democratic socialism.

 Consequently, we are committed to promoting feminist consciousness both
in society at large and within our own ranks. As socialist-feminists, we
differ from both those on the left who fail to recognize feminism as an
essential aspect of human liberation, and from those parts of the
feminist movement that believe that women's liberation can be achieved
without a fundamental change in the economic system.
http://sp-usa.org/whoweare3.html

Principles of the Socialist Party USA
The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places
people's lives under their own control -- a non-racist, classless,
feminist, socialist society in which people cooperate at work, at home,
and in the community
.We are dedicated to the abolition of male
supremacy and class society, and to the elimination of all forms of
oppression, including those based on race, national origin, age, sexual
preferences, and disabling conditions.

 Socialist Strategy
Socialist Feminism
Socialist feminism confronts the common root of sexism, racism, and
classism: the determination of a life of oppression or privilege based
on accidents of birth or circumstances. Socialist feminism is an
inclusive way of creating social change. We value synthesis and
cooperation rather than conflict and competition. We work against the
exploitation of women who live with lower wages, inferior working
conditions and subordination in the home and in politics. Socialists
struggle for the full freedom of women and men to control their own
bodies and determine their own sexual orientation. Women's independent
organizations and caucuses are essential to full liberation, both before
and after the transformation to socialism. Women will define their own
liberation.
http://sp-usa.org/principles.htm


DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA  (DSA)
 Democratic Socialists of America share a vision of a humane
international social order based on equitable distribution of resources,
meaningful work, gender and racial equality, a healthy environment,
sustainable growth, and non-oppressive relationships.
Socialist Feminist Resources http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html


SOLIDARITY

 a revolutionary, socialist, democratic, feminist, anti-racist
organization.  We are committed to building a society that rejects
racism, sexism, and homophobia.
http://www.igc.org/solidarity/index2.html

Solidarity’s magazine “Against The Current” regular Catherine Sameh
writes her column “The Rebel Girl” –an ironic title for a
post-Trostskyist, anti-Stalinist magazine, as it is named after
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

other pertinent articles:
“BISEXUAL BASICS ...from one bisexual Sex and Gender Decoupled” by Karin
Baker
“Feminism in the New Gender Order: Restructured Capital, Reconstructed
Identities” by Johanna Brenner


REVOLUTIONARY FEMINIST INTERNATIONALISTS
 Contact the Freedom Socialist Party or Radical Women
 http://www.socialism.com/

Their Red Letters Press publishes:
“The Radical Women Manifesto: Socialist Feminist Theory, Program, and
Organizational Structure”
[their hype}: Required reading for rebel grrrlz, working women, and
sisters of all colors!
 This exciting new edition of a women's liberation classic is an
exhilarating exploration of socialist feminist ideas.  Third Wave
militants, grassroots organizers, and Women Studies scholars will find
it a unique and valuable resource - and great reading.  Radical Women's
impressive 33-year career as a multi-racial, queer and straight, working
class feminist organization makes The Radical Women Manifesto an
unrivaled and time-tested guide to activism.
http://www.RedLetterPress.org/bookstore/rwmanifesto.html

Also:
El Manifiesto de las Mujeres Radicales
La Voz del Feminismo
Socialista Revolution, She Wrote
Socialist Feminism: The First Decade
Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking
Gay Resistance: The Hidden History

And:
PERMANENT REVOLUTION AND WOMEN'S EMANCIPATION by Murry Weiss and Robert
Crisman, 1982, 20 cents.   Explains the interdependence in theory and
life of Trotsky's theory of uninterruptible world revolution and women's
fight for equality


WORKERS WORLD
Workers World has united Black, Latino, Native, Asian, Arab and white in
the struggle against racism.  It has brought together women and men,
lesbian, gay, bi, trans and straight, youth and seniors, workers and the
unemployed, native-born and immigrants to fight for better conditions
for all.  Members of WWP have worked hard and long to build many of the
most important progressive actions of the last three decades.
But you can't just patch up this racist, sexist society.
http://www.workers.org/wwp.php


Your chiding that marxists have failed to respond to your theories on
this list cannot be construed to indicate that marxists have failed to
consider issues of women’s rights, etc.  I have only introduced a few
party and party-type organizations above, and they all pay attention to
gender and sex, as you may see.

I have not even considered researching the academic work because I
thought you might prefer to do that yourself.



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