how do you differentiate between the political theory of feminism and radical theory?

What is the difference betweren political theory of feminism and radical theory?

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  • Loki
    Lv 4
    7 years ago
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    There is essentially no difference.

    Leading feminists all claim that the capitalist system is the source of the "patriarchal" pattern of Western society, which is based on the family unit, with it's division of labor between husband and wife. As in radical theory, they believe that this pattern serves to maintain the dominance of the capitalist ruling class.

    The feminist concept of social justice is one where men and women are not merely treated with equal dignity as human beings, but have equal work roles in society. Actually, two classes of people need not have the same roles in contributing to society and their own welfare in order to be considered of equal worth as people (assuming they freely choose those roles). Yet, feminists claim that this pattern is a form of oppression and is imposed by the system, not freely chosen

    The hard core of Feminism has always opposed not only different roles within the family for men and women within the family, but the family and even marriage as social institutions which are oppressive of women. Feminists usually do not explicitly oppose the nuclear family but the implication of feminist opposition to the ideal structure for a family to function is that the family itself is undesirable for that function.

    Feminists recognize the problems inherent in both parents working and also caring for their children or affording daycare in place of constant personal care. This "problem" would be best remedied by children being reared largely or full time by the state, which is what "daycare" (along with government education) could actually become. Feminists believe that the remedy to the scarcity of affordable childcare is for state subsidization or provision of childcare.

    Hence, the entire feminist movement is radical in it's implications. The core of feminism is radical, i.e, "radical" feminism is not at the fringe of the feminist movement Rather, "mainstream" or popular feminism is merely the public face of feminism, the "thin edge of the wedge", behind which advances the radical core. Feminism, from the beginning, has always been recognized wholly as a socially radical movement.

    Feminism ("second wave") originated with the Communist Party of the USA as a popular front movement in the 1940s. It was based on Engels' "On The Origin Of The Family, Private Property And The State". It became mainstream in the early 1960s with the publication of "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan, who was herself a lifelong activist in the communist movement.

    Feminist ideology is socialist and the Feminist movement is ideologically aligned with other left wing, social/political movements, such as environmentalism, black civil rights, gay rights and multiculturalism.

    Socialists have generally always opposed the family because socialism, being a system of state control and central management of society, requires the full allegiance of individuals to the state and collective society. Socialists wish children to be raised and instructed by the state, not by their individual parents. A mass of socially isolated individuals is easier to rule than individuals with ties to and support from their family and family relatives.

    The socialist elite also wish to have a larger workforce at their disposal, and women make up more than half of the population. They also want a greater number of incomes to tax for greater state revenue.

    Feminism is opposed to a free society and opposes the traditional family because that arrangement best supports the rearing of children by individual parents, which is the only alternative to child-rearing by a powerful state. Feminists oppose the family because it is the basic unit of a free society.

    Feminists ultimately claim that social ills and injustice are caused by the capitalist system and that the family developed to maintain the dominance of the "capitalist ruling class" within this system. They make the assumption that women only ever choose the role of housewife because the capitalist system compels them to.

    Socialism is really an elite movement to enable the financial elite to achieve political and financial control of society. "Abolition of private property" is really the transfer of property from the masses to the ruling elite. Socialism is the route to monopoly, the very thing socialists say it is supposed to be designed to preserve us from. Socialism has always resulted in ruthless oppression of the masses by the elite, the very thing they say a capitalist monopoly would do.

    Dominance of the capitalist system by certain big businesses is, in reality, achieved with the aid of government intervention on their behalf, i.e., socialism. There is no "ruling class" in a free enterprise society.

    Source(s): Quotes from mainstream feminist leaders: http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Havent-Lo... The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Frederich Engels, 1884 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Origin_of_the_Fam... "Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation", Kate Weigand, 2002 http://www.workers.org/2006/us/lavender-red-52/ "Betty Friedan And the Making of 'The Feminine Mystique' The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism", Daniel Horowitz, 1999 http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/h/horowitz-frie... The Manifesto of the Communist Party, Marx & Engels, Chapter II http://marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/commun... "Toward Soviet America", Willam Z. Foster, 1932, Chapter V, Section 8. http://www.marxists.org/archive/foster/1932/toward... http://womenshistory.about.com/od/feminism/a/nucle...
  • Blawr
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    In the words of Girlwriteswhat:

    'Because you kind of have to hate someone if you’re going to tell him that his kind have oppressed women all through history by doing what was necessary–including dying–to keep women safe, sheltered and fed.'

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Adherents to the former hate men and want to harm them, adherents to the latter hate men and want to commit gendercide.

    Source(s): me.
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