Women And Economic Systems

The feminist movement rests on the assumption that women are “sisters” across lines of class and wealth; it also speaks as if patriarchy and capitalism are the same thing. This serves to obscure a possible female role in capitalism – or for that matter a possible female role in feudalism, or in any other economic system under which some people end up on top and others on the bottom.

Women are fashionably considered the passive objects of economic systems, except of course when some historical or contemporary African community is discovered in which the women run the economy. Then, however, it suddenly becomes all about how this active role demonstrates the intrinsic excellence of women, as soon as men get out of their way. Meanwhile everyone forgets everything they ever knew about the possibility of economic systems working unjustly to benefit some individuals at the expense of others. That a given thing might be bad and that women might be involved in said given thing are two ideas that cannot and must not be entertained in the same mind at the same time.

We seem not to have heard so much about “structural violence” in recent decades. One reason may be the strength of the female-superiority feminists. Since most serious physical violence is perpetrated by men, reverting to the original meaning of the word “violence” allows the woman who is deeply implicated in economic oppression – whether as owner, corporate executive, or married to one – to imagine that she is innocent of all wrong-doing. She may be greedy, stupid, polluting, exploitative, manipulative, mendacious and inhuman, but since she is not herself personally and physically “violent”, then there can be no problem, and she may continue attributing all human evil solely to the category of which she is not herself a member.

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