Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
PublicAffairs, 20. nóv. 2018 - 240 síđur
A spirited, deeply researched exploration of why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work-life balance and, yes, even better sex.
In a witty, irreverent op-ed piece that went viral, Kristen Ghodsee argued that women had better sex under socialism. The response was tremendous — clearly she articulated something many women had sensed for years: the problem is with capitalism, not with us.
Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives.
She tackles all aspects of a woman's life - work, parenting, sex and relationships, citizenship, and leadership. In a chapter called "Women: Like Men, But Cheaper," she talks about women in the workplace, discussing everything from the wage gap to harassment and discrimination. In "What To Expect When You're Expecting Exploitation," she addresses motherhood and how "having it all" is impossible under capitalism.
Women are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women's march to the long-overdue public outcry against sexual harassment. Interest in socialism is also on the rise -- whether it's the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America. It's become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn't working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward.
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In the intervening years, I've been a frequent visitor to Eastern Europe, delivering invited lectures in cities such ... audience interested in European socialist feminist theories, the experience of twentieth-century state socialism, ...
Throughout this book, I use the term “state socialism” or “state socialist” to refer to the states of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union dominated by ruling Communist Parties where political freedoms were curtailed.
Stubborn and perhaps a bit naďve, I persisted and spent the late 1990s living and doing research in Eastern Europe, watching firsthand the slow and painful transformation of a state-owned economy into one of unfettered free markets.
In addition to the official translations, the book has been reviewed and discussed in the East European media from ... I also know from my colleagues based in Eastern Europe that downloaded electronic copies of the Englishlanguage ...
And this isn't only true in Eastern Europe. ... Even three decades after the end of the Cold War, statistics show that East European women continue to excel in previously male-dominated fields, particularly in medicine, science, ...
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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic IndependenceUmsögn notanda - Kristen R Ghodsee - Publishers Weekly
Eastern European studies professor Ghodsee (Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism) expands her viral New York Times op-ed into a passionate but reasoned feminist socialist ... Read full review
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