Sexism

The Meeting

He tells us what to think and do
And shouts until the air turns blue
And when he's done enlightening folk
He goes outside and has a smoke.
She bites her lip and lifts her hand
Says "I'm not sure I understand ...
"I'm probably wrong, but anyway ..."
And makes the best point made all day.

The Housewife's Trial

An oldie from the 1980s, a decade of Thatcher, Reagan, crap haircuts and appallingly sexist washing powder adverts. They are not exactly bastions of feminism now, but in the 1980s we were subjected to images of women descending into hysterical panic because 'The dirt says hot but the label says not' (Ariel), their whites had failed the 'window test' (Daz) or were not 'bluey-white'.

Women in the Present

The second section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters' looks at women's situation today.

Domestic work, (badly-)paid work, the vast gulf between working-class and ruling-class women. Women in communities, and women in the welfare state. Religious fundamentalism, the state, New Labour and family values.

How can Marxism explain women's oppression?

Housework is Horrid

Women in the Future

The final section of the Workers' Liberty pamphlet 'Comrades and Sisters' looks at what socialism can offer women, and what sort of movement we need to win liberation.

Formal Equality and its Limits

While Bishops Washed Their Frocks

Shortly before Christmas 2012, the Church of Engalnd voted not to allow women to become bishops. The decision to allow women bishops - with some qualification - was taken around two years later.
To the tune of While Shepherd's Watched Their Flocks ...

While bishops washed their frocks by night
All seated on the ground
An edict from the Synod came down
"It's still just men allowed"

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