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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It is essential that we pause and learn from the experiences of the past, examining both good and bad. Because I believe in the pursuit of historical nuance, and that there were some redeeming qualities of state socialism, ...
I observed that women were more likely than men to express a longing for the state socialist past because of the many tangible benefits women lost with the coming of democracy and capitalism. The privatization and liberalization of the ...
I also know from my colleagues based in Eastern Europe that downloaded electronic copies of the Englishlanguage version of the book continue to circulate widely, sparking new discussions and reassessments of the state socialist past.
The public discourse about the past made no room for discussions about what socialism had done well. The Romanian scholars Liviu Chelcea and Oana Druţˇa coined a phrase for the silencing of conversations about socialism in Eastern ...
Across Eastern Europe, a rising generation of scholars is diving into the archives, conducting oral histories, and reexamining statistical data to complicate the overwhelmingly negative picture we have of the state socialist past.
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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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