Left Feminism and the Return to Class
Keywords:Sex, Political Economy, Inequality
AbstractMost contemporary feminist theory has owed at least some of its substantive content to the works of Marx and Engels. And yet a closer examination of the "marriage" of Marxism and feminism—to use Heidi Hartmann's now well-known phrase—indicates a troubled relationship. The various attempts to integrate these two theoretical frameworks have not yet led to either a fully elaborated social analysis of gender inequality or a clear set of proposals for eliminating it. Indeed, much of what shall be referred to in this paper as "left feminism" has increasingly lost its way. This trend can be linked, at least in part, to what Ellen Mieksins Wood has described as a "retreat from class."
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