Sunday, November 21, 2010

Communism and Feminism

There is a strong connection. To quote:
Concluding that "feminism is a direct outgrowth of American Communism," the reviewer states, "There is nothing that feminists said or did in the 1960's-1980's that wasn't prefigured in the CPUSA of the 1940's and 1950's." The reviewer continues, "Communists pioneered the political and cultural analysis of woman's oppression" [sic] and "originated 'women's studies,' and advocated public daycare, birth control, abortion and even children's rights. They forged key feminist concepts such as 'the personal is the political' and techniques such as 'consciousness raising.'"

1 comment:

Linda said...

Thank you for this post. I will be interested to read Kate Weigand's book, Red Feminism. I think that that the thesis stated in your post this is essentially true, and we see this when the leading ladies of feminism decry a conservative female leader as "not a real woman." It would be interesting to examine the multiple functions that feminism served for communism. I imagine a major motivation for red feminism was the destruction of the family pure and simple.