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spiffy theory, but...

Posted by: Frenchy on November 05, 1999 at 15:44:31:

In Reply to: Doc on Feminist Dialectics posted by Stoller on November 03, 1999 at 16:50:21:

: : You must still be puzzling at the connection between female employment in industrial sector during WW II and the subsequent rise of the feminist movement. Or am I in error to see an association between the two?

: Let's only leave out the 1950s and 1960s, Doc.

: The 'feminist movement' was the result of the Recession of 1973---in which the proletariat's wage lost ground, thus necessiating the TWO-PAYCHECK family for the first time since the early 1900s.

More socialist revisionism. This is the flivver-like theory that says big business, Capitalism, was responsible for the feminist movement. The greedy capitalist running dogs, always on the lookout for cheaper labor, saw females as that source. Somehow the evil capitalist managed to seduce women by the boatloads into leaving kith and kin to take up the rigors of an eight hour shift or begin a long climb up the corporate ladder.
Never mind about "The Feminine Mystique" published in the early '50's and the budding feminist movement throughout the '60's. Never mind about a whole decade, the '60's, known for it's own cultural revolution breaking with tradition and the past in general. Nope, the evil capitalists made women take up jobs; they made them do it.

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