Teen Vogue presented Bread and Roses, a series on socialism, back in May and one of the highlights was an introduction to socialist feminism, “Socialist Feminism: What Is It and How Can It Replace Corporate ‘Girl Boss’ Feminism?” The series was described as “exploring the growing interest in socialism among young people who are seeking alternatives to recovery in this pivotal historical moment,” and this article in particular is a good primer for socialist feminism and gives context for why it matters now.
Socialist feminists reject the exploitation of anyone, demand equal representation within institutions (we have this in common with all liberal feminists), and are able to perceive the specific ways people are exploited through unpaid labor, through their bodies, and by society’s contempt for values stereotyped as feminine, like nurturing and vulnerability. Socialist feminists reject the idea of “sisterhood” in favor of solidarity, believing that strong relationships among socialist feminists are not somehow natural, but built in pursuit of a better society.Socialist Feminism: What Is It and How Can It Replace Corporate ‘Girl Boss’ Feminism?
Today, socialist feminism can help us build a beautiful vision of life beyond capitalism. The COVID-19 crisis has revealed how little capitalism cares about life, how easily its stewards throw away the lives of the vulnerable. Against this, we can revalue life itself, putting care for one another over profit. As the state has cut more social services — like health care, child care, welfare — women have disproportionately picked up the slack, all while working jobs that typically pay less than those of men.Socialist Feminism: What Is It and How Can It Replace Corporate ‘Girl Boss’ Feminism?
It’s worth reading though the entire series. It’s still a marvel that such a mainstream magazine has writing about socialism.