Posts Tagged ‘Radical Feminism

01
Jul
11

Joining the Party: Freedom Socialist Party (Part V)

 

The thing that’s probably most striking about the Freedom Socialist Party is that describes itself as advocating Socialist Feminism. Now obviously, all Marxists advocate feminism- there’s even an entire section of the Communist Manifesto dedicated to calling for women’s rights. Feminism is something that’s simply assumed of revolutionary groups- so I was naturally curious as to why the FSP chose to emphasize feminism.

 

The FSP states:

Women are the most oppressed of every oppressed group. No one needs revolutionary transformation of society worse than they do and no other group has the capacity to unite the oppressed in a mighty, working class movement that addresses all the injustices suffered by the dispossessed under capitalism…

The profit system survives on women’s unpaid labor in the home and low-waged labor in market place… This is a radicalizing expereince and accounts for the tremendous role women play, particularly women of color and indigenous women, as leaders in the struggle for revolutionary change.

In short, Communism must be achieved by the oppressed, and women are the oppressed of the oppressed.

That’s certainly something I can get behind. Indeed, as leftists, we probably need to be talking about feminism more. Whether its due to complacency with our feminist roots or the illusion of gender-equality today, we’ve really seemed to have slacked off in defending equality and fighting women’s exploitation.

But back to the party.

 

Among the pros of the FSP are:

  • An emphasis on the oft-neglected struggle for gender-equality.
  • A focus on the role that oppressed minorities play, including racial minorities and the LBGT community.
  • The FSP, from what I can discern from their website, is an extremely active group.

Among the cons are:

  • The FSP is a relatively small organization, and largely localized to the West Coast. This is really the only problem that I could find- but it’s a big one. If I’m not living in a major city on the west coast, there’s really not a lot that I can do. Sure, one could argue that I should join and recruit others (spreading the reach of the FSP), but part of the reason I’m looking for a party is because I don’t know any other Marxists.

 

My conclusion?

Despite being a pretty nice-looking organization, the FSP just seems too small and localized for me to join it. It’s a pity- if the organization were more widespread, the FSP would be near the top of my list.