How feminism became capitalism’s handmaiden – and how to reclaim it

How feminism became capitalism’s handmaiden – and how to reclaim it

Nancy Fraser writes an op-ed in the Guardian.  She lists three major ways second wave feminism has “harness[ed] the dream of women’s emancipation to the engine of capital accumulation.”

her three main points:

1. It’s legitimated the two-earner household model as an alternative to the male-breadwinner model of household organization. This model has always existed in lower income and racial minority households because of economic instability and insecurity. The problem is we seem to have embraced two-earner households together with economic insecurity. We’re now in a situation where more households are two-earner and more households are economically unstable.

2. It called for more attention to be paid to “non-economic” injustices such as domestic violence and reproductive oppression, but it did so at the expense of economic justice issues, instead of attempting to address both.

3. It fought against welfare state paternalism, but has ended just fighting against the welfare state.

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