By Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser’s significant new publication lines the feminist movement’s evolution because the Nineteen Seventies and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist suggestion and action.

During the ferment of the recent Left, “Second Wave” feminism emerged as a fight for women’s liberation and took its position along different radical pursuits that have been wondering center good points of capitalist society. yet feminism’s next immersion in id politics coincided with a decline in its utopian energies and the increase of neoliberalism. Now, foreseeing a revival within the stream, Fraser argues for a reinvigorated feminist radicalism capable of deal with the worldwide fiscal trouble. Feminism could be a strength operating in live performance with different egalitarian hobbies within the fight to convey the financial system below democratic keep watch over, whereas development at the visionary power of the sooner waves of women’s liberation. This strong new account is decided to develop into a landmark of feminist notion.

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Sym bolic reproduction activities, he claims, are unlike material reproduction activities in that they cannot be turned over to specialized, system -integrated institutions set apart from the lifeworld. '9 It follows that w om en s unpaid childrearing work could not be incorporated into the (official) econom ic system w ithout “ patho­ logical” results. A t the same time, Habermas also holds that it is a mark o f societal rationalization that system -integrated institutions be differ­ entiated to handle material reproduction functions.

T h is w o u ld be a fairly straightforw ard enterprise w ere it not for on e thing. A p a rt from a b r ie f discussion o f fem in ism as a “ n ew social m o v e m e n t” (a discussion I shall con sid er anon), H ab erm as says v irtu ­ ally n o th in g ab ou t gen d er in The Theory o f Communicative Action. G iv e n m y v ie w o f C ritic a l T h e o ry , this is a serious deficiency. B u t it n eed n ot stand in the w ay o f the sort o f in q u iry I am proposing. It o n ly necessitates that on e read the w o rk from the standpoint o f an absence; that on e extrap olate from things H ab erm as does say to things he does n ot; that on e recon stru ct h o w various matters o f c o n c e rn to fem inists w o u ld appear from his perspective had they b een them atized.

B u t these are capacities that are con n ected w ith m asculinity in m ale-d o m in ated classical capitalism . T h e y are capacities that are in m yriad ways d en ied to w o m en and deem ed at odds w ith fem ininity. I have already cited studies about the effects o f m ale dom inance and fem ale subordination on the dynam ics o f dialogue. N o w consider that even today in m ost ju risd ictio n s there is no such thing as m arital rape. T h a t is, a w ife is legally subject to her husband; she is not an indi­ vidu al w h o can give o r w ith h o ld consent to his dem ands for sexual access.

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