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In her essay Rape, Racism and the myth of the Black rapist In Women, Race, and Class Davis argues that

As the violent face of sexism, the threat of rape will continue to exist as long as the overall oppression of women remains an essential crutch for capitalism. The anti-rape movement and it’s important current activities..must be situated in a strategic context which envisages the ultimate defeat of monopoly capitalism.

And it kind of makes me go “hmmm”. Obviously patriarchy and capitalism are symbiotic systems and I do think that capitalism and the consumerism that is an inherent part of that encourages rape by putting a price on everything, by making everybody but those at the top of the pile consumable by the highest bidder or the one with the most power but I think in a non capitalist society that is run by and for men women would still get raped.

I’ve been reading Angela Davies Woman, Race and class and its unsuprising but still depressing how racist and classist the beginings of feminism were

Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and their colleagues..they never really accepted the principle of trade unionism. As they had been previously unwilling to concede that black liberation might claim momentary priority over their own interests as white women, they did not fully embrace the fundamentals of unity and class solidarity, without which the labor movement would remain powerless….Although Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton persuaded several female labor leaders to protest the disenfranchisement of women, the masses of working women were far too concerned about their immediate problems -wages, hours, working conditions – to fight for a cause that seemed terribly abstract

we can say that they have the excuse of history,of not knowing any better but white middle class feminists are still not taking into account that women who are not them often have different often more pressing needs and fronts to fight on, women who are not white, middle class, able bodied, heterosexual are often denied the right to speak, made so uncomfortable that they don’t want to speak or ignored and belittled when they do speak

Anthony’s staunchly feminist position was also a staunch reflection of bourgeois Ideology. And it probably was because of the ideology’s blinding powers that she failed to realise that working class women and Black women alike were fundamentally linked to their men by the class exploitation and racist oppression which did not discriminate between the sexes

white middle class women often don’t unpack the institutions of individualism and consumerism that are such important parts of being white and middle class and the way that the white middle class need to be an individualist and a consumer is so bad for everybody else and I really believes this damages relationships and connections between white middle class feminists and other feminists

Feminism is important and the basis of feminism is and always should be fighting for women’s liberation/rights but there needs to be an understanding that women who are oppressed often find common cause with men who are oppressed in the same way, an understanding that white middle class feminists do not know best, are not, to borrow a phrase from the SWP, the “vanguard of the revolution”

I collect books like they are going out of fashion. I acquire them at a much faster rate than I can actually read them so I’m putting a moratorium on buying borrowing or otherwise acquiring books till I’ve read most of them. This is a list of what I’m going to start with:

Generation F
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People
Letters from Burma
Made from this Earth
Crossing the River
The Female Malady
A Restricted Country
The Memory Box
Unruly Bodies: Life Writing by Women with Disabilities
The Anathemata
Rethinking the Man Question: Sex, Gender and Violence in International Relations
Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing
Early Irish Myths and Sagas
Carol Rumens: Poems 1968-2004
The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Lore
Notorious Voices: Feminist Biblical Interpretation, 1500-1920
Women Race and Class
Identity Poetics: Race, Class and the Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory
The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology