Red Feminism In The Age Of Neoliberalism
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This paper begins with a brief exploration the main currents of feminist theory today, and how economic and cultural neoliberalism has individualized and depoliticized feminism as an anticapitalist political project. Next, I argue why anarchism, although popular in the West today, is not a viable revolutionary project for women. However, critiques of alienation, ecological destruction, and the patriarchal fact of civilization found in several strains of anarchist thought are extremely valuable to today's red feminist theory. Instead, I argue that Marxism-Leninism as a theoretical framework, praxis, and historical example is the optimal political program and the necessary precondition for female liberation, specifically in a Western society run rife with totalizing bourgeois liberalism that so debilitates revolutionary politics. Drawing from historical examples of women’s liberation under socialism and various works of feminist theory, and I will outline what this Red Feminism must entail, how it must differ from socialist feminisms thwarted by male supremacy in the past, and how today's feminists should take up the task of building this movement.