[Marxism] Women, Housework, Lenin

Mehmet Cagatay mehmetcagatayaydin at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 1 05:45:44 MST 2006

"This is not the implementation of the revolutionary Article 88 of the
constitution which recognises the economic and social contribution of
women's unwaged work in the home and on that basis grants housewives a
pension. Article 88 still needs legislation to put it into practice.

Rather than wait for this, Chávez has put together the recognition Article
88 gives to housewives' work, with the recent legislation aimed at lifting
the poorest out of poverty, and redirected some of the oil revenue to
women -Chávez has repeatedly said, women are the poorest, work hardest and
are most committed to the revolution.

This is finally a wage for housework, something we have demanded since

Very interesting, it seems that we have finally found the way to
emancipate women from the torment of  housework: By putting them on a
salary or altering their physical misery with the nominal sublimation such
as "the most important work humanity does" etc. But nevertheless this is a
one step forward for women in Venezuela at least compared with more
developed countries in where, with descending to the lower layers of the
society women are taking on the burden of housework more strictly even
without a charge.    	      


You all know that even when women have full rights, they still remain
fatally downtrodden because all housework is left to them. In most cases
housework is the most unproductive, the most barbarous and the most
arduous work a woman can do. It is exceptionally petty and does not
include anything that would in any way promote the development of the
woman. Lenin:

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