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Dear Amy,

I am a Hull University student and as part of my course I have to do a assignment on Marxist Feminism and don't know where to start. Could you please give me a basic overview of what it is?

Thank You,
Emily

   

Dear Emily,

In general, Marxist feminism is symbolized through the radical women's movement of the early 1970s/late 1960s, and is also described as the socialist feminist movement. In general this movement was about creating an alternative culture; one that wasn't based on the usual premise of supply and demand or on a hierarchical model. The idea was to break down the hierarchy so each individual could thrive.However, this never really happened, in part because capitalism and also because only a few feminists ever supported this approach in the first place.

So a more mainstream approach to feminism (i.e. one that focused on integrating the mainstream first and radicalizing it second) took over and the Marxist approach faded away. That said, there are still many feminists who support and hope for this approach. There is a great description on Marxist feminism in The Readers Companion to U.S. Women's History.

Good luck.


Amy

 

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