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  •  Thanks for the patronizing lecture (6+ / 0-)

    But I'm pretty sure I understand the nature of the struggle for women's rights at least as well as you do.  "Women" is not a "dumbass rightwing category."  It would be nice if it were, because that would mean that I could count on progressive guys to be free of sexism, but unfortunately I can't.

    It's clear you don't have a very good understanding of gender, because if you did you couldn't make statement like "the oppression of women is a political issue, not a gender one." In fact, statements like that would seem laughable.  You might not realize it, but you're pretty good at doing the oppressor's work yourself. I suggest that a more sophisticated, more knowledgeable stance would serve you better. It might teach you not to enter a discussion about women's rights by throwing open the saloon door and saying, "Howdy -- you're all idiots and lamers," and expect to be well-received.

    •  I did an entire book on this (2+ / 0-)
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      mamamedusa, hepshiba

      The sorry relationship between Marxist socialism and the other leftist movements, including feminism, racism, heterosexism, environmentalism and nationalism.

      The title is "Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony", and it can be found at Amazon.  If you want to read it all for free, go here:

      http://www.starbacks.ca/...

    •  You're mistating my position. (0+ / 0-)

      And offering baseless gender-essential attacks.

      The idea that we're engaged in some kind of gender essential struggle is a rightwing political frame.  Of enduring value.  To the right.

      That's what I'm saying and what I'm meaning.

      Please don't feed the security state.

      •  I think you'd do well (2+ / 0-)
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        Themistoclea, mamamedusa

        to read the section on Feminism from Lenny Flank's book -- link posted above.

        By the way, "gender-essential" is itself a right wing frame.  It's the right that makes the distinction between "gender feminists" and "equity feminists." There are a lot of excellent books addressing the limitations of socialist theory when it comes to addressing gender and race, including the link above. I think you might benefit from reading them. At the very least, you might understand why your stance is offensive and unproductive in an environment in which women are discussing limitations on their rights.

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