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Questions of gender and sexual expression dominate politics and popular culture in a way not seen since the 1970s. Historically, socialists have been at the forefront of struggles for equality, but today the relationship between socialism and the politics of gender and sexuality is less clear. Capitalism’s interaction with much older forms of gender and sexual oppression is complex and contradictory, as shown by the celebration of female CEOs by liberal feminists, or the role of LGBTQ-friendly “gayborhoods” in gentrification. What role do economic forces play in the formation of sexual identity and family life? And what is the record of “really existing socialist” states in advancing women’s position in deeply patriarchal societies? Join Philly DSA as we try to untangle complex questions of capitalism, patriarchy, and sexual identity, with an eye towards moving beyond liberal egalitarianism.
John D’Emilio, “Capitalism and Gay Identity”
Interview with Stephanie Coontz, “Capitalism and the Family”
Kristen R. Ghodsee and Julia Mead, “What Has Socialism Ever Done For Women?”
The Philly DSA Night School is intended as a forum for discussing thinkers, "-isms," and current trends in socialist politics. All meetings are free and open to the public, and are designed for all people regardless of previous experience. New members are always welcome.
Keep an eye on our Night School website for future events, and feel free to write to us with questions!
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