Marxism and women's liberation

Stop the "anti-prostitute" vigilantes! (1994)

Submitted by dalcassian on 31 August, 2014 - 2:53 Author: Sean Matgamna

LEAVE ASIDE for the moment the question of
whether or not they should do such a thing. What hap-
pens when you set a gang of men - any men - to roam the
streets as vigilantes, harassing, bullying, and intimidating
prostitute women?

They will soon be harassing, bullying, and intimidating
women who are not prostitutes - women who by their gait,
clothes, make-up, or behaviour, or where they happen to
be on a street or in a neighbourhood, look to the gang of
men "like prostitutes".

From radical feminism to lesbian chic AWL Sat, 07/12/2014 - 18:51

Over the last decade, much has changed in the political culture of the 'lesbian community'. Ten years ago, the dominant voices were those of 'radical feminists'.

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Marxist ideas to turn the tide: fighting for liberation AWL Tue, 06/25/2013 - 17:53

The opening plenary of Ideas for Freedom 2013 explored key "Marxist ideas to turn the tide". Unite activist Elaine Jones discussed the idea of a workers' government, Unison shop steward Ed Whitby explained the meaning of "transitional demands" such as the call for the expropriation of the banks, and Greek revolutionary Theodora Polenta shared recent experiences of struggle and workers' control in Greece.

The Marxists on oppression

Submitted by Matthew on 10 April, 2013 - 10:30

The fourth part of a review article looking at the themes of John Riddell’s new book of documents from the early communist movement.

The week Paul Hampton looks at how they debated women’s liberation and other issues of oppression.


The early Communist International’s focus was on working class self-liberation and this was reflected in the time spent on discussions on party building, work to transform the labour movement and on the specifics of class struggle strategy.

Marxism and feminism

Submitted by Matthew on 27 March, 2013 - 4:23

Workers’ Liberty have been organising a series of meetings to discuss Marxism, feminism and the fight for women’s liberation today.

In Britain and internationally there is a revival of feminist ideas and activism. In past women’s movements Marxist ideas have played an important role but this isn’t so true today. It’s time to renew the link! And it is time for Workers’ Liberty to renew its Marxist feminist ideas.

"The case for socialist feminism" pamphlet AWL Tue, 09/25/2012 - 14:54

What is the relationship between sex and class in the oppression of women? How useful is the concept of ‘patriarchy’? How do we assess developments in feminism, and what are the prospects for women in the years to come?

Women's Oppression, Feminism and the Left: an education pack

Submitted by martin on 22 August, 2012 - 10:54

Feminism today is very fragmented. After Second Wave Feminism some of the political strands associated with that movement lived on and mutated. In the early 90s in academia, under the influence of post-modernism and among activists a new “generation” of feminism emerged.

“Third Wave” feminism drew on the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s and developed some distinctive features.

This collection of readings and discussion points reviews new developments in feminism, highlighting issues for the left and for a renewed socialist feminism.