Now the booklet addresses where sexism comes from, that it is a product of capitalist societies, where the modern family unit is what drives a consumerist way of living, life was so hard for working class people 200 years ago, all the members of the family, from 4 upwards were expected to work 12 to 14 hour days, it became essential to have a member of the family (the mother) at home to make sure that children and old people were taken care of (the other option was the workhouse) they made sure that the other members of the family went into work well cared for.
So basically most feminist literature I’ve read says that men have oppressed women, and difference here is that the socialist say it’s not the working class men but the elite who have oppressed women, but not only women, also the working class men.
Now, the socialist solution…
“The new ideas of liberation will be given force and coherence as privatised reproduction id=s supplanted by a new system of communal living.
It just doesn’t work for me, I really want it to, I want after all this time to have discovered a system of living that would make sexism a thing of the past, but I just can’t make that leap. I don’t think I’m idealistic enough to believe that a socialist utopia would work any better than capitalism, I think human beings are fatally flawed and their anger and selfishness would corrupt any system. I also wouldn’t like to live in a system that replaced the (ok, dysfunctional) modern family unit of mum dad and 2.5 kids, for a more “communal” way of living, I love the idea of living in a more traditional extended family unit, and to most of us today our friends fill that role, but I don’t want to share the raising of my children or eat in a communal kitchen…..sorry!
Then there is the silly issue I have with socialism, I see it as grey and uniform! I see communist block Russia, I see people looking uniform, no celebration of the differences between men and women. While reading the booklet there was a total dismissal of make up and pretty apparel for women, apparently women wanting to look attractive is all the capitalist societies fault. I find that quite patronising. I like to be pretty and colourful, and while the outside but is only packaging for our real selves, it’s still a bit I like to decorate as much as possible!Now I’ve been assured that this uniformity is just propaganda from the capitalist elite, but I don’t know? Did communism produce much great art or music? I don’t know. I am gonna read the second booklet asap, I will post again about my discoveries….bet you can’t wait!
I’ll never be a socialist will I?