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Bread & Roses Festival 2016

Full Agenda Friday 10th of June Fighting for FREEDOM & EQUALITY: WOMEN’S MOVEMENTS AROUND THE WORLD 6.30pm-7.15pm Opening rally with contributions from: Inga Wójcik – Polish women’s rights activist with dziewuchy dziewuchom Joanna Fuertes-Orr – on women’s struggles across Latin America Bethania Barry – organiser of campaign of Brazilian women in Ireland against rape culture Elma Relihan – US activist with Socialist Alternative in NYC &#Movement4Bernie 7.30pm-9.30pm How can our movements win?  Discussion introduced by: Maaike Schippefelt from Women on Web Laura Fitzgerald from ROSA Saturday 11th of June 11am-12.15pm Women Can’t Wait – Repeal …

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Fighting Oppression – a Marxist viewpoint point

A materialist analysis of roots & nature of oppression Marxism is a philosophy and world view that seeks to materially analyse reality. Although it was not possible for Marx and Engels themselves to adequately address all questions of oppression, as well as other issues in their writings, they did specifically address women’s oppression, racism linked to slavery and imperialism, and also the oppression of national groups, such as the Irish. Any interpretation of Marxism, either by political, or Marxism as it’s often portrayed in academia, that present it as advocating a crude economic determinism does …

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Engels and Women’s Liberation

It is 130 years since the publication of The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, by Friedrich Engels. Long considered by Marxists an important text regarding the origin of women’s oppression, it has been criticised by those promoting alternative explanations of women’s second-class status in society. CHRISTINE THOMAS weighs up the book’s relevance for women’s struggles today. In the preface to the first edition of the Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Friedrich Engels modestly described his work as “a meagre substitute for what my departed friend [Karl Marx] …

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Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy & the Split Self by Kajsa Ekis Ekman.

As a socialist and women’s rights activist who continues to be perplexed, gob-smacked and horrified by the seemingly growing orthodoxy in left and feminist circles that Ekman entitles, “the story of the sex worker”, by which she means a sanitising of the sex industry and a justification for men buying sex, I felt a gushing sense of relief and also gratitude to the author while reading this enormously accessible, sharp and erudite book that looks at both the questions of prostitution and surrogacy. Ekman puts both prostitution and surrogacy in the context of patriarchal capitalism; …

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A socialist perspective on the sex industry & prostitution

With governments North and South considering changing the laws relating to prostitution, Laura Fitzgerald makes a contribution to the debate surrounding the sex industry and gives her views on what approach socialists should take to it The sex industry represents one of the biggest growing legal and illegal industries in the world. Prostitution, as well as the sex industry as a whole, must be considered in the light of the reality of gender and class oppression and inequality under capitalism as it exists. The majority of those who sell sex are female, and the vast …

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