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By Zillah R. Eisenstein

"Fourteen provocative papers at the oppression of ladies in capitalist international locations, coupled with 3 articles at the subordinate place of girls in communist international locations (Cuba and China). those vital, usually path-breaking articles are prepared in 5 easy sections, the titles of which point out the wide diversity of matters being thought of: `Introduction'; `Motherhood, copy, and male supremacy'; `Socialist feminist old analysis'; `Patriarchy in innovative society'; `Socialist feminism in America.' The underlying thrust of the e-book is towards integrating the primary rules of radical feminist concept with these pivotal for Marxist or socialist classification analysis..." [From the again conceal]

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9 unequal � �j�Je�s_ well-pr()tected today. It is important to note the discrepancy between patriarchal ideology and the reality of women's lives. 48 However, because women are not defined as workers within the ruling ideology, women are not paid for their labor or are paid less than men. The sexual definition of woman as mother either keeps her in-the ho�e doing unpaid labor or enables her to be hired at a lower wage because of her defined sexual inferiority. ·- ; Given unemployment rates, women either do not find jobs at all or are paid at an even lower rate.

They equated the two when they suggested that domestic slavery was the same, in nature and essence, as wage-slavery. Marx and Engels acknowledged that woman was exploited as a member of the proletariat if she worked in the labor force; if she was relegated to domestic slavery she was seen as a nonwage slave. Capitalism was seen to exploit women, but there was no con­ ception of how patriarchy and capitalism together defined wo­ men's oppression. Today, especially with the insights of radi­ cal feminism, we see that not only is the equation of exploita­ tion and oppression problematic, but that if we use Marx's own categorization of productive labor as wage labor, domestic slaves are not exploited in the same way as wage slaves.

34 She does note that a woman, even when well educated, will not earn as much money as a man. A woman also suffers from this lack of money Devel oping a Th eory of Capitalist Patriarchy 21 when she decides to care for children. This in itself should invalidate a totally biological argument for the basis of a revo­ lution needed in the family. Firestone speaks of wanting to relate the structure of the economic class system to its origins in the sexual class system, but she fails to do this. Even if we accept the idea that economic oppression was a basic defense of sexual oppression historically, today the two systems support each other.

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