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Laura Miles: Book Review: Can we combine intersectionality with Marxism?
International Socialism Journal nr. 151, jul 16 – side 204
Note: A review of Sharon Smith, Women and Socialism: Class, Race and Capital (Haymarket, 2015), £11.99
Neoliberal austerity is impacting particularly hard on women. Capitalism relies on women not just directly as workers who generate surplus value but also to provide the primary carers for the next generation of workers and increasingly for the sick and elderly as social service cuts bite. Reproductive rights face serial attacks and domestic violence and other forms of endemic sexism in capitalist society mean that the fight for women’s liberation and, in the shorter term, the fight to defend those rights women have won so far from being rolled back remain key issues for socialists.
 
Sarah Bates: Marxism and Women: At the forefront of revolution
International Socialism Journal nr. 150, apr 16 – side 133
Note: A review of Judith Orr, Marxism and Women’s Liberation (Bookmarks, 2015), £9.99

The gains won by the women’s liberation movement during the 1960s and 1970s, such as the right to divorce and increased reproductive rights, are real material gains. Women are told that in Britain we have never had it so good. And on the surface that can appear to be true. But, as Judith Orr points out in Marxism and Women’s Liberation, “much has changed for women, but too much has not”. While “women have never had more freedom in their personal lives” women’s oppression still pervades society, and some aspects of sexism have got worse during the last decade.
 
Sadie Robinson: Hvad skyldes voldtægt og vold mod kvinder?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 345, jun 15 
Note: Kvindeundertrykkelse og vold mod kvinder kendetegner vores samfund. Men kan vi slippe af med det? Denne artikel ser på sexismens rødder og giver nogle svar på problemet.
 
Esme Choonara: Er vi alle splittede af privilegier?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 345, jun 15 
Note: En indflydelsesrig teori, som opdeler folk efter en myriade af “privilegier”, lader vores magthavere slippe af krogen – og står i vejen for sammenhold mod undertrykkelse.
 
Ruairi Gallagher: Review: Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 13, jun 15 – side 67
Note: The re-publication of the feminist classic by Shulamith Firestone is very timely, now that we are experiencing another wave of feminism sweeping the globe with a Whole new generation of young women taking an interest in feminist issues.
 
Christine Bergen: Kvindeundertrykkelse i dag
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 344, apr 15 – side 15
Note: Dagen før 8. marts sagde ligestillingsminister Manu Sareen: “Vi er ikke et land, hvor vi undertrykker kvinder. Der er rigtig meget ligestilling i Danmark.” Han opfordrede kritikere til at “kigge ud af vinduet”.
 
Christine Bergen: Kvindeundertrykkelse – et relativt nyt fænomen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 343, feb 15 – side 11
Note: Gennem historien har kvinder haft – og har stadig – en langt lavere placering i samfundet end mænd. Men det har ikke altid været sådan. Det er en vigtig pointe.
 
Nicola Ginsburgh: Lise Vogel and the politics of women’s liberation
International Socialism Journal nr. 144, okt 14 – side 125
Note: A review of Lise Vogel, Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory (Haymarket, 2014), £19.99
Growing anger and activism around the issue of women’s oppression have seen the return of many arguments from the 1970s and 1980s regarding the usefulness or otherwise of Marxist analysis in exploring this oppression. The reissuing of Lise Vogel’s work, originally published in 1983, though largely neglected at that time, is a welcome contribution to current debates.
 
Mette Hermansen: 8. marts: Stadig meget at slås for
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 336, feb 14 – side 5
Note: 8. marts er Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag, og igen i år stilles vi over for spørgsmålet: Er der overhovedet stadig noget at kæmpe for?
 
Ken Olende: Review: Intersectionality and black communist women
International Socialism Journal nr. 141, jan 14 – side 210
Note: Erik S McDuffie, Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism and the Making of Black Left Feminism (Duke University Press, 2011), £15.99
The radical and significant work of early Communist Party members is written out of mainstream history. Erik S McDuffie looks to an especially marginalised group, black women in the United States who joined the Communist Party.
 
John Molyneux: Feedback: History without nature? A response to Nancy Lindisfarne, Jonathan Neale and Colin Wilson
International Socialism Journal nr. 140, okt 13 – side 201
Note: Unfortunately I lack the knowledge, particularly in anthropology, needed to offer a comprehensive response to either Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale’s “What Gender Does” or Colin Wilson’s “Sexuality in Pre-class Society” in the previous issue of this journal. However, it does seem to me that each of their articles suffers from a serious and fundamental weakness and that, on inspection, this turns out to be basically the same weakness—a tendency to completely separate human history from what Karl Marx referred to as its “natural bases”.
 
Sinead Kennedy: Marxism and Feminism in an Age of Neoliberalism
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 7, sep 13 – side 5
Note: Women today live lives that only four decades ago would have been unimaginable to most. They are visible in every aspect of public life today. They are a permanent and important component of the workforce; indeed it is difficult to think of an occupation in which women are not represented.
 
Gigi Ibrahim: Fighting harassment in Cairo’s Tahrir Square
Socialist Worker nr. 2361, jul 13 – side 6
Note: Sexual harassment is very common in Egypt. We have set up organisations to challenge it in Tahrir Square. Statistics say over 99 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed at some point in their lives.
 
What socialists say: Have women always been oppressed?
Socialist Worker nr. 2361, jul 13 – side 10
Note: It’s the 21st century and women are still oppressed. For all the talk of equality, we still haven’t achieved it. Women in Britain are still paid, on average, less than men. Women still do more housework and childcare. And women are far more likely to suffer domestic abuse and violence.
 
Mette Hermansen: Sexisme? Hvaffor en sexisme?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 330, jul 13 – side 16
Note: Bitter, snerpet, sur kælling og ude af trit med virkeligheden er nogle af de ord, der kan bruges til at beskrive kvinder, som prøver at sætte sexisme og kvindeundertrykkelse anno 2013 på dagsordenen.
 
Nancy Lindisfarne + Jonathan Neale: What gender does
International Socialism Journal nr. 139, jul 13 – side 99
Note: Times are hard and there is an upsurge of class feeling. This feeling is not necessarily the same as class consciousness, and it often takes unfamiliar forms. There is an upsurge of interest in gender and feminism too, and among the same people. Yet most of the available feminist ideas ignore, or even deliberately obscure, the relation between gender and class.
Download this extended online version of the article as a PDF
 
Dorthe Nielsen: Hvor blev kvindekampen af?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 328, apr 13 – side 12
Note: Er der ikke mere at kæmpe for?
 
Jesper Juul Mikkelsen: Blachmans mandeprogram
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 328, apr 13 – side 12
Note: Debat om køn, sex og identitet er vigtigt, og det skal tages seriøst. Men Blachmans meget sete program er tåbeligt og mest en masse omgang tomgangsnak.
 
Sheila McGregor: Marxism and women’s oppression today
International Socialism Journal nr. 138, apr 13 – side 95
Note: We live in contradictory times: they reflect how much in society in relation to women has changed, but also how much appears to have stayed the same. Women make up almost half the workforce and just over half of trade union members.
 
Mahienour El-Massry: Eyewitness Egypt: ‘Never lose faith in the revolution’
Socialist Worker nr. 2343, mar 13 – side 10
Note: Mahienour El-Massry, a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Alexandria, Egypt, spoke to Socialist Worker about the ongoing revolution and the role that women have played in it.
 
Judith Orr: International Women’s Day: How can women win liberation?
Socialist Worker nr. 2343, mar 13 – side 10
Note: Understanding women’s oppression as a product of class society is crucial if we are to defeat it, says Judith Orr
 
Helle S Nielsen: 8. marts: Kvindekamp er klassekamp
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 318, mar 12 – side 14
Note: Den 8. marts var kvindernes internationale kampdag. Dagen blev grundlagt på Den Internationale Kvindekonference i 1910 på initiativ af Clara Zetkin (1857–1933), der var tysk socialist og aktiv i den tyske kvindebevægelse. Men hvor relevant er den så i dag?
 
Siobhan Brown + Regi Pilling + Dalia Said Mostafa: Women and revolution
Socialist Review nr. 367, mar 12 – side 18
Note: International Women’s Day, 8 March, was established by socialists to celebrate the struggles of working class women. We look at how the fight for women’s liberation and revolution has gone hand in hand with three great revolutions – in Russia in 1917, Spain in 1936-37 and Egypt today.
 
Deirdre Cronin: Women and Austerity
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 1, mar 12 – side 30
Note: The position of women in Irish society in 2012 is in a very contradictory place. Double the amount of Irish women are working compared to only a generation before and the attendance of women in higher education exceeds that of men. And yet, in the Irish recession, conservative ideas about women are resurfacing and, courtesy of a Labour Minister for Social Protection, working class women are being scapegoated as feckless ‘unmarried mothers’ who cost the state too much.
Alt. url: PDF
 
Judith Orr: Women, work and walkouts
Socialist Worker nr. 2273, okt 11 – side 10
Note: The strikes across the public sector on 30 November will see more women walk out than ever before in Britain. Judith Orr looks at how women built a tradition of fighting back.
 
Sheila McGregor: However we dress, wherever we go...
Socialist Review nr. 359, jun 11 – side 6
Note: Women's dress keeps hitting the headlines and not because of fashion shows either.
At the beginning of April, the French government decreed that all women had to expose their bodies more as the new law against wearing the veil came into effect. Then a few weeks later, a Toronto policeman was telling students to avoid dressing like a "slut" if they wanted to avoid getting raped. In other words, they should cover up more.
 
Cop: ‘Don’t dress like a slut and you won’t get raped’
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 8
Note: A student at York University in Toronto, Canada, spoke to Socialist Worker about the incident that has led to the emergence of the new protest movement.
 
Sally Campbell: The 'SlutWalk' phenomenon: Women refuse to take the blame for rape
Socialist Worker nr. 2252, maj 11 – side 8
Note: Protests, billed as ‘SlutWalks’, are spreading after a cop’s sexist comment to Toronto students. Sally Campbell looks at the culture that blames women for rape and questions whether we should embrace language bound up with oppression.
 
Anette Højmark: Udstilling på Kvindemuseet i Århus: Voldtægt, skyld og skam
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 307, mar 11 – side 13
Note: Kvindemuseet i Århus har i øjeblikket en udstilling om voldtægt. Titlen på udstillingen er: ”Det er ikke din skyld”, og den flytter fokus fra diskussionen om, hvorfor voldtægter sker, til hvorfor de krænkede kvinder føler skyld og ansvar for det overgreb, hvor de selv er offer.
 
Judith Orr: Marxism and feminism today
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 25
Note: According to Sir Stuart Rose, the outgoing executive chairman of Marks and Spencer, women (or “girls” as he puts it) “have never had it so good”.
 
Siân Ruddick: Book review: Fighting for women’s liberation today
International Socialism Journal nr. 126, apr 10 – side 208
Note: Nina Power, One Dimensional Woman(Zero Books),£7.99
Nina Power’s One Dimensional Woman is an important contribution to the latest string of books on feminism and women’s liberation, most importantly Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy and Sexism and the System by Judith Orr.
 
Helle S Nielsen: 100 års kvindekamp – hvor står vi nu?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 296, mar 10 – side 8
Note: Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag havde d. 8. marts 100 års jubilæum. Den blev grundlagt på den anden internationale kvindekonference i København i 1910 på initiativ af Clara Zetkin (1857–1933), der var tysk socialist og aktiv i den tyske kvindebevægelse.
 
Farah Reza: Book review: The rights of women
International Socialism Journal nr. 123, jul 09 – side 203
Note: Jeanne Flavin, Our Bodies, Our Crimes (New York University, 2009), £30.95
Our Bodies, Our Crimes looks at, but also well beyond, the abortion argument, discussing recent government legislation that has introduced “fetal rights” into US law, the treatment of working class mothers, pregnant women, young women whose future reproductive health is being threatened through “abstinence programmes” that neglect the issue of safe sex, and the general lack of affordable sexual health services.
 
Judith Orr: Lehman Sisters?
Socialist Review nr. 334, mar 09 – side 15
Note: A steady stream of recent articles blames "macho behaviour" for the financial crisis. Judith Orr challenges the assumption that women would do it better.
 
Siân Ruddick: New lapdancing laws – a step in the right direction
Socialist Worker nr. 2132, dec 08 – side 12
Note: Recent changes in the way that lap dancing clubs are licensed are a step in the right direction for women’s rights.
 
Cecilie Risager Pedersen: Boganmeldelse: „Hvorfor er feminister så snerpede?“
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 284, dec 08 – side 6
Note: Her stilles 30 spørgsmål om ligestilling, som så derefter besvares, og som dermed munder ud i et samlet svar på hvorfor feminister egentlig er så snerpede.
 
Editorial: Pay gap between sexes is widening
Socialist Worker nr. 2128, nov 08 – side 12
Note: New figures showing the complete failure of Labour's policies on equal pay were released last week.
The Office for National Statistics has revealed that the gap between men and women's pay is actually growing – and is now over 17 percent. This means that, on average, women earn £12.88 an hour compared to men's £15.54 an hour.
 
Lindsey German: In my opinion: Beyond the Palin effect
Socialist Review nr. 329, okt 08 – side 7
Note: I was rather surprised when someone said to me recently, "You almost have to admire Sarah Palin."
 
Men and women are not from different planets
Socialist Worker nr. 2095, apr 08 – side 12
Note: Deborah Cameron spoke to Socialist Worker about her battle to debunk some of the myths surrounding language and gender.
 
Sue Sparks: Review: Gender, class and liberation
International Socialism Journal nr. 118, apr 08 – side 189
Note: Lindsey German, Material Girls: Women, Men and Work (Bookmarks, 2007), £12.99
 
Chanie Rosenberg: A to Z of Socialism: K is for Kollontai
Socialist Review nr. 324, apr 08 – side 21
Note: The success of the Russian Revolution of 1917 enabled the radical ideas on women's liberation that had been germinating in pre-revolutionary times to develop, and be widely discussed and materially embodied in the real world.
 
Marnie Holborow: Material Girls: women, men and work
Socialist Worker nr. 2058, jul 07 – side 13
Note: Marnie Holborow reviews a vital new book about the continuing oppression of women.
 
Judy Cox: Putting Marx back in the picture (A review of Martha Gimenez and Lise Vogel (eds): "Science and Society Special Issue: Marxist-Feminist Thought Today", vol 69, no 1 (January 2005), £3.50)
International Socialism Journal nr. 108, sep 05 – side 190
Note: Any effective challenge to women’s oppression must be based on a Marxist analysis—that is the central argument of a special edition of the respected American left wing journal Science and Society.
 
Lindsey German: Women's liberation today
International Socialism Journal nr. 101, dec 03 – side 3
Note: Women have gained a fantastic amount over the last 30 years--a level of financial independence through work, and greater sexual freedom through contraception. But the positive changes have brought their own problems--women are now expected to be career women and house-proud mothers, with the cost of childcare beyond the reach of most workers. At a time when lapdancing clubs seem to be springing up faster than nursery schools, Lindsey German, author of "Sex, Class and Socialism", looks at the reality of women's oppression today. She argues that the involvement of women in the growing global movement raises the possibility of bringing the fight for equality back to the centre of struggle.
Alt. url: socialistreviewindex.org.uk
 
Lindsey German: Women: give us a break!
Socialist Review nr. 265, jul 02 – side 17
Note: The number of women at work may have reached record levels but Lindsey German argues they still have a long way to go to achieve equality with men--let alone genuine liberation
 
Norah Carlin: Women and the Struggle for Socialism (1985)
Note: Since the rebirth of the women's movement in the mid-1960s there have been many
arguments about the relationship between women's liberation and socialism. Socialists want to
change the world, to get rid of the rotten society we live in and build a better one based on
workers' power. Feminists also want to change the world, so that women can be free and equal.
Are the two struggles the same, or separate? Can feminists unite with male socialists and trade
unionists, or must their struggle always be against men?
 
Tony Cliff: Class Struggle and Women’s Liberation (1984)
Note: A history of women's struggles – from the French revolution of 1789 to the women's movements of the 1970s.
 
Goretti Horgan: How does globalisation affect women?
International Socialism Journal nr. 92, sep 01 – side 77
Note: In the discussion on the anti-capitalist movement Irish socialist Goretti Horgan examines the fate of women in the global economy.
 
Goretti Horgan: Changing women's lives in Ireland
International Socialism Journal nr. 91, jun 01 – side 53
Note: Irish women's lives have transformed in recent years. Goretti Horgan shows how the needs of Irish capital have coincided with shifts in patterns of emigration, marriage and childbirth, but also how collective struggle has started to break down the church's hold over women's lives. Can the new protest movement point the way forward for women's liberation?
 
Esme Choonara: Threads of resistance (Naila Kabeer: "The Power to Choose: Bangladeshi Women and Labour Market Decisions in London and Dhaka")
International Socialism Journal nr. 89, dec 00 – side 91
 
Nina Holm Jensen: Kvindekamp er klassekamp – klassekamp er kvindekamp
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 181, mar 00 – side 9
Note: Debatten om ligestilling har i lang tid været stort set ikke-eksisterende i Danmark, hvis det da ikke lige har handlet om, at den er gået for vidt.
I anledning af Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag, 8. marts, er diskussionen dog blusset op igen.
De nedslående statistikker, der entydigt viser, at lige løn for kvinder og mænd absolut ikke er en realitet, har tvunget både politikere og medier til at indrømme, at der er brug for at forbedre kvinders muligheder og rettigheder.
 
Nina Holm Jensen: “Fisseflokken”: Kvindefrigørelsen tilbage på dagsordenen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 181, mar 00 – side 9
Note: “Fisseflokken overtager verden!” Sådan skriver redaktørerne af bogen Fisseflokken i forordet. Det udtrykker meget godt stemningen omkring bogen, som har vakt meget debat i oprindelseslandet Sverige.
 
Hazel Croft: Protest at the Miss World 'meat market'
Socialist Worker nr. 1675, dec 99 
Note: This Saturday we will be subject to the degrading spectacle of the Miss World contest on television. Women will be paraded, ogled at and inspected like so many pieces of meat.
 
Kvinderne sakker bagud: Ulige ligeløn
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 174, aug 99 – side 2
Note: Det må være billigere at leve som kvinde i Danmark. De officielle lønstatistikker fra Danmarks Statistik viser, at kvinderne i gennemsnit ligger omkring otte procent lavere i løn. Vel at mærke i jobs, hvor mænd og kvinder bestrider samme type arbejde.
 
Nina Holm Jensen: Er kampen for ligestilling forbi?
Socialistisk Revy nr. 13, mar 99 – side 14
Note: Kvindekamp ses af mange som et forældet begreb, men Nina Holm Jensen argumenterer her, at kvinder stadig bliver undertrykt, og hun belyser den historiske baggrund og udvikling af undertrykkelsen.
 
Sharon Smith: USA på vrangen: Grønt lys for gramserne
Socialistisk Revy nr. 5, jun 98 – side 16
Note: De fleste åndede lettet op, da Paula Jones' sexanklager mod Bill Clinton i sidste måned blev afvist af retten. Amerikanerne havde hurtigt nået mætningspunktet med mediernes utrættelige besættelse af de malende detaljer omkring Clintons seksuelle eskapader. -- Men afvisningen af Paula Jones' sag om seksuelle overgreb, gav en stor sejr til alle sexistiske chefer.
 
Nina Holm Jensen: Alexandra Kollontai: “On Women's Liberation”: Vejen til ægte kvindefrigørelse
Socialistisk Revy nr. 4, maj 98 – side 28
Note: Det engelske forlag Bookmarks har samlet tre centrale tekster af den russiske bolsjevik Alexandra Kollontai, der ledte bolsjevikpartiets Kvindeafdeling 1920-21 og blev forvist af Stalin i 1922.
 
Lindsey German: Babes, Barbie og kønnenes kamp
Socialistisk Revy nr. 2, mar 98 – side 16
Note: "Man-kan-hvad-man-vil-kvinderne" fylder godt i såvel reklamer som film og TV. Lindsey German argumenterer for, at deres livsstil kun er et alternativ for et mindretal af kvinder
 
Nina Holm Jensen: Ideologisk offensiv mod kvindefrigørelse: Er ligestillingen gået for vidt?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 153, feb 97 – side 4
Note: Det er en udbredt myte, at kvinder her i 90’erne har opnået fuldstændig ligestilling med mænd. Nogle hævder ligefrem, at ligestillingen er gået for vidt.
 
Gill Hubbard: Why has feminism failed women?
(M Schneir (ed): "The Vintage Book of Feminism")

International Socialism Journal nr. 71, jun 96 – side 143
Note: On the history of feminism.
 
Nina Holm Jensen: Ingen kvindekamp uden klassekamp
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 128, feb 96 – side 6
Note: For en arbejderkvinde har det ingen betydning om hun bliver udbyttet af en mand eller en kvinde. De reelle forskelle går ikke mellem kønnene, men mellem klasser.
 
Karen Lodal: Anne Skevik og Susan Lyden: “Kvinder og kampen for sosialisme”
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 117, jul 95 – side 15
Note: I England har man netop hævet strafferammen for voldtægt, så voldtægtsforbrydere kan idømmes fængsel på livstid. Vel og mærke voldtægt mod mænd. Kvinder har stadigvæk problemer med at blive taget alvorlig, når de anmelder voldtægt.
 
Dorte Lange: Fælles kamp for ligestilling
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 111, jan 95 – side 12
Note: Kvinders frigørelse går ikke gennem kamp mod mænd, for undertrykkelsen bygger på én klasses udbytning af en anden.
 
Aller Press diskriminerer
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 110, dec 94 – side 2
Note: Aller Press i Valby handlede klart i strid med loven om ligestilling, da de i starten af dette år nægtede at ansætte den kvindelige smed, Heidi Jeppesen.
 
Hvorfor er progressive kvinder reaktionære?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 109, nov 94 – side 2
Note: Den 24. oktober kunne Ugebrevet Mandag Morgen offentliggøre en undersøgelse, der viser, at kvinder generelt stemmer længere til venstre end mænd.
 
DA’s lønstatistik: Uligeløn fjernes
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 107, sep 94 – side 2
Note: Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening har ændret deres lønstatistik, så man ikke længere kan se, hvor stor forskel der er på mænd og kvinders løn.
 
Jane Elderton: Suffragette style (K Dodd (ed): "A Sylvia Pankhurst Reader")
International Socialism Journal nr. 64, sep 94 – side 123
Note: A look at Sylvia Pankhurst's life
 
Ellen Christensen: Ligestilling under angreb
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 101, mar 94 – side 11
Note: Kvindekampen er blevet en kamp for at sikre enkelte kvinders karriere. Men for det store flertal er ligestillingen ikke nærmere end for tyve år siden.
 
Carsten Lorenzen: Aller har råd til Heidi
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 100, feb 94 – side 5
Note: På trods af rekordoverskud og masser af overarbejde nægtede Aller Press at fastansætte en kvindelig smed. Det førte til 14 dages strejke.
 
Hazel Croft: Bookwatch: women and work
International Socialism Journal nr. 59, jun 93 – side 107
Note: In the first of a new regular feature, 'Bookwatch', Hazel Croft looks at the best books to read if you want to know about the history and the contemporary situation of women workers.
 
Sharon Smith: Feminists for a strong state?
International Socialism Journal nr. 51, jun 91 – side 71
Note: Catharine MacKinnon: “Toward a Feminist Theory of the State”
The Marxist theory of women’s oppression is defended by American socialist Sharon Smith, as it comes under attack by Catharine MacKinnon in her recent book ‘Toward a Feminist Theory of the State’. Smith asserts that it is class society which is at the root of women’s oppression, and working-class men have no stake in maintaining the family or womens’ oppression.
 
Lionel Sims: Rape and pre-state societies: a note on Sheila McGregor’s anthropology
International Socialism Journal nr. 49, dec 90 – side 123
 
Sheila McGregor: A reply to Lionel Sims
International Socialism Journal nr. 49, dec 90 – side 129
 
Sue Clegg: Against the stream
International Socialism Journal nr. 46, mar 90 – side 153
Note: Lindsey German: “Sex, Class and Socialism”
 
Sheila McGregor: Rape, pornography and capitalism
International Socialism Journal nr. 45, dec 89 – side 3
Note: Violence against women, an increasingly important political issue for more than ten years, is caused by patriarchy – or so many on the left argue. Pornography, it is said, is both patriarchal and an incitement to rape. 'Pornography is the theory, rape is the practice' runs the slogan.
Sheila McGregor argues that such ideas are based on simplistic and ahistorical views of human nature. Using a wealth of statistical material she examines sexuality under capitalism and provides an alternative explanation of violence against women and of the effect of pornography.
Alt. url: Marxists Internet Archive (MIA)
 
Lindsey German: What's wrong with patriarchy theory?
Socialist Review nr. 113, okt 88 – side 21
Note: Can women's oppression be explained by references to class?
Lindsey German not only argues yes, but challenges the idea that there is any other way of understanding women's role in capitalism.
 
John Molyneux: Spørgsmål vi ofte møder: Hvordan frigøres kvinderne?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 37, feb 88 – side 4
Note: Det er en almindelig opfattelse blandt feminister, at en socialistisk revolution ikke automatisk vil frigøre kvinderne.
 
Karin Marcussen + Ågot Berger: Kvinder i arbejde: Kommet for at blive
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 26, jan 87 – side 10
Note: I dag tales der meget lidt om kvinders ret til arbejde og frigørelse fra kvinderollen. Til gengæld skrives der meget om, at flere og flere gifter sig, om at flere piger går op i at se godt ud – og om at kvinderne er på vej hjem til børn og kødgryder.
I denne artikel ser Karin Marcussen og Ågot Berger på kvindens stilling i dag – og konstaterer, at det faktisk ikke passer, at kvinderne er på vej væk fra arbejdsmarkedet.
 
Dorthe Nielsen: Spørgsmål vi ofte møder: Vil revolutionen frigøre kvinder?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 25, dec 86 – side 4
Note: Almindeligvis siges det blandt feminister, at en socialistisk revolution ikke automatisk vil frigøre kvinderne.
 
Ann Rogers: The forgotten majority: women at work
International Socialism Journal nr. 32, jun 86 – side 80
 
John Molyneux: Marxism and male benefits – a reply to Sheila McGregor
International Socialism Journal nr. 32, jun 86 – side 121
Note: In ISJ2:30 Sheila McGregor replied to John Molyneux’s article in ISJ2:25: “Do working class men benefit from women's oppression?”
 
Lindsey German: Oppression, individuals and classes – A rejoinder to John Molyneux
International Socialism Journal nr. 32, jun 86 – side 137
Note: A reply to John Molyneux’s reply in this issue.
 
Sheila McGregor: A reply to John Molyneux on women’s oppression
International Socialism Journal nr. 30, sep 85 – side 90
Note: A reply to John Molyneux: “Do working class men benefit from women's oppression?” in ISJ2:25
 
Ågot Berger: 8. marts: Der er to kvindekampstraditioner
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 6, mar 85 – side 4
Note: Igennem historien har der været en splittelse mellem den borgerlige feministiske kvindebevægelse og den del, som tog udgangspunkt i arbejderkvindernes situation.
 
John Molyneux: Do working class men benefit from women’s oppression
International Socialism Journal nr. 25, sep 84 – side 117
Note: Chris Harman’s Women’s Liberation and revolutionary socialism (International Socialism 2:23) is in many respects an excellent summary of the Marxist case on the woman question.
 
Chris Harman: Women's liberation and revolutionary socialism
International Socialism Journal nr. 23, mar 84 – side 3
Note: Revolutionary Marxists differ from all other people who stand for women’s liberation in one important respect. We do not believe women’s oppression is something that has always existed – either because of the biological differences between the sexes or because of something inherent in the male psyche.
 
Marta Wohrle + Jane Ure Smith + Sue Cockerill: Rape: no easy answers
Socialist Review nr. 40, feb 82 – side 20
Note: Sue Cockerill, Jane Ure Smith and Marta Wohrle look at the issues involved in the controversy over the jailing of rapists.
 
Tony Cliff: Alexandra Kollontai: Russian Marxists and Women Workers
International Socialism Journal nr. 14, sep 81 – side 75
Note: Over the last ten or so years two examples have been used by many who consider themselves socialist feminists to bolster their position of the need for a separate women’s organisation. One was the example of Clara Zetkin and the German socialist movement, the other that of the Russian Marxists and above all Alexandra Kollontai.
 
Anna Paczuska + Lin James: Socialism needs feminism
International Socialism Journal nr. 14, sep 81 – side 105
Note: ‘[In Siberia] ... the women usually took home the men’s linen; but Bronstein [Trotsky] refused to benefit from such comforts, washed his own linen and mocked at revolutionaries so ensnared in bourgeois habits and prejudices as to burden their womenfolk with such work.’ Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Armed: Trotsky 1879–1921, Oxford 1970, p. 41.
 
Juliet Ash: Clara Zetkin: A reply to Tony Cliff
International Socialism Journal nr. 14, sep 81 – side 120
Note: Tony Cliff’s article in International Socialism 2 : 13 on Clara Zetkin attempted to point out some of the grave complexities involved in understanding the development of socialist and feminist movements during the last 100 years. In doing so he employed a classic male leadership method, conveniently picking out from writings and correspondence of this period quotes from socialist women which would suggest a concern with issues considered important by socialists and feminists at present.
 
Janet Vaux: Feminists in the Labour Movement
International Socialism Journal nr. 14, sep 81 – side 124
Note: A reply to Tony Cliff: Clara Zetkin and the German Socialist Feminist Movement in ISJ2:13.
The general truth behind the attacks by Zetkin and Kollontai on contemporary women’s rights movements is that civil rights struggles are reformist; they don’t really change things, but leave the basis of a divided class society intact. It is quite usual, and I think correct, to say that the 19th century women’s rights movements were a struggle on the part of bourgeois women to get equal rights with bourgeois men. But, at this time, the working classes were also struggling for many of the political and educational rights enjoyed by bourgeois men.
 
Tony Cliff: Clara Zetkin and the German Socialist Feminist Movement
International Socialism Journal nr. 13, jun 81 – side 29
Note: Alienation is the core of capitalism. Under this system people treat each other not as ends in themselves, but as mere means; not as people, but as objects. This also applies to sexual relations both in the bourgeois and in the proletarian family. But from the fact that women of all classes are alienated one should not draw the conclusion that they all react in the same way to this alienation. On the contrary, in the final analysis the proletarian woman is spurred on by it to revolution, the bourgeois to reaction.
 
Lindsey German: Theories of Patriarchy
International Socialism Journal nr. 12, mar 81 – side 33
Note: Perhaps the most persistent and widespread theory around the Women’s Movement today is that of patriarchy. It takes many different forms but the ideas behind it – that male domination or sexism is something which exists not just as a product of capitalism but as something quite separate from the capitalist mode of production and which will endure beyond capitalism – are accepted so widely that a wholesale rejection of the theory is greeted with complete and genuine amazement.
Alt. url: marxists.org
 
Lin James: Women and the revolutionary party
International Socialism Journal nr. 7, dec 79 – side 95
Note: Lin James and Bob Lloyd argue against Joan Smith's analysis of women and the family (ISJ2:3, pp. 39-54).
 
Bob Lloyd: The Holy Family
International Socialism Journal nr. 7, dec 79 – side 100
Note: Lin James and Bob Lloyd argue against Joan Smith's analysis of women and the family (ISJ2:3, pp. 39-54).
 
Susan Cahn: Patriarchal ideology and the rise of capitalism
International Socialism Journal nr. 5, jun 79 – side 89
Note: A reply to Joan Smith: Women’s oppression and male alienation in ISJ2:3
 
Barbara Winslow: Womens Alienation and Revolutionary Politics
International Socialism Journal nr. 4, mar 79 – side 1
Note: Review: Anne Foreman: "Femininity as alienation: Woman and the family in Marxism and psychoanalysis"
 
Joan Smith: Women's oppression and male alienation
International Socialism Journal nr. 3, dec 78 – side 39
Note: There are two questions which confront us with regard to the liberation of women. One is how we locate the origins of women’s oppression. Is it to be found in the institutions of the state and the family? Is it to be found in an autonomous patriarchy? Is it to be found in the sex-gender system? If each of these understandings is only partial then how is a fuller, deeper understanding to be synthesised?

The second question is how – as women – do we organise ourselves? Do we work within an autonomous women’s movement?; within an autonomous women’s movement and an existing political organisation (Labour Party, Communist Party, small revolutionary organisation)?; or do we build an independent communist women’s movement which is politically allied but organisationally distinct from a revolutionary party?
 
Familien
Judith Orr: Marriage obsession reveals its true role
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 6
Note: Telling us monogamous marriage is best still serves the interests of our rulers.
 
Lindsey German: Is the family a haven or a hell?
Socialist Worker nr. 2129, nov 08 – side 13
Note: The media and politicians hold up the nuclear family as the ideal way to live our lives. But this vision is far from the reality for most of us.
 
Jakob Nerup: Kønsløs + klasseløs = betydningsløs
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 269, maj 07 – side 2
Note: Den var længe ventet. Rapporten fra Familie- og arbejdslivskommissionen, som skulle give anbefalinger til en bedre balance mellem familie- og arbejdsliv. Den er nu kommet med 31 små henstillinger. Men rapporten er blottet for forslag, der virkelig rykker.
 
Michael Rosen: Keep it in the family?
Socialist Worker nr. 2043, mar 07 – side 14
Note: Why do we only have one word for the many complex forms and relationships that make up a family?
 
Friedrich Engels: Familiens, privatejendommens og statens oprindelse
Note: Engels' klassiske værk om familiens forandring og om klassernes og statsmagtens opståen.
 
Sharon Smith: Engels og kvinneundertrykkingas opprinnelse
Internasjonal Sosialisme 2 (norsk) nr. 3, mar 99 
Note: Oversat fra International Socialist Review 2 (Fall 1997), hvor den kan læses på engelsk.
 
Martin B. Johansen: Marxisme i hverdagen: Familiens oprindelse
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 154, mar 97 – side 5
Note: Mange viger ikke tilbage fra at forklare familien som en del af menneskets natur, der er udsprunget af vores fortid som primitive jægere og samlere.
 
Martin B. Johansen: Marxisme i hverdagen: Familiens ansvar?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 99, jan 94 – side 9
Note: Stik imod al sædvane er de to tragiske knivdrab blandt unge i slutningen af 1993 ikke blevet fulgt op af det sædvanlige krav om længere straffe og mere politi.
 
Bodil Nielsen: Familiens oprindelse: »Klassekampen og staten udviklede sig – og hermed den patriarkalske familie«
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 6, mar 85 – side 5
Note: Familien, som vi kender den i dag, er ikke noget naturbestemt. Den moderne kernefamilie kom med klassesamfundenes opståen og statens vækst.
 
Floya Anthias: Does 'femininity' keep the family going
International Socialism Journal nr. 2, sep 78 – side 79
Note: A reply to Irene Bruegel: "What keeps the family going?" in ISJ2:1
 
Irene Bruegel: What keeps the family going?
International Socialism Journal nr. 1, jul 78 – side 2
Note: The ideas of the women’s liberation movement have shaken traditional revolutionary politics over the last few years. Whereas at one time the accepted wisdom of groups like the International Socialists was that women were only important in the fight for socialism in that they formed an increasing part of the paid labour force, today revolutionary groups generally lay emphasis on the family as a key institution in both the oppression of women and the maintenance of capitalism as a system.
 
Kvindebevægelse
Christine Bergen: Kvindekamp under krisen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 348, okt 15 – side 13
Note: Hvordan kan vi genrejse en kvindebevægelse, der giver mening for flertallet af almindelige arbejderkvinder?
 
How radical socialists began the tradition of International Women’s Day
Socialist Worker nr. 2343, mar 13 – side 11
Note: The call for 8 March to be celebrated as International Women’s Day was made at a conference for socialist women in Copenhagen in 1910. It was originally called International Working Women’s Day.
 
Sarah Ensor: International Women's Day: Celebrating the struggle against oppression
Socialist Worker nr. 2241, mar 11 – side 8
Note: International Women’s Day, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, is now celebrated across the world on 8 March.
 
Sally Campbell + Judith Orr: Interview: The corporate seduction of feminism
Socialist Review nr. 343, jan 10 – side 18
Note: Socialist feminist and US academic Hester Eisenstein spoke to Sally Campbell and Judith Orr about her book, Feminism Seduced, and the challenges facing the women's movement in the US and worldwide.
 
Sara Andersen: Anmeldelse: „Feministiske perspektiver“ – tiltrængt på venstrefløjen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 287, mar 09 – side 11
Note: Januar 2009 så et nyt feministisk tidsskrift dagens lys. Den venstreradikale feministiske gruppe KRAN har udgivet første nummer i en serie på tre af tidsskriftet „Feministiske perspektiver“.
 
Judith Orr: Women's liberation: The battle of a new generation
Socialist Worker nr. 2093, mar 08 – side 6
Note: Our series concludes as Judith Orr looks at the issues that women are fighting over today
 
Judith Orr: Women’s liberation: The struggles and retreats of the 1980s
Socialist Worker nr. 2092, mar 08 – side 6
Note: In the second column in our series on women’s liberation, Judith Orr looks at problems that hit the women’s movement.
 
Judith Orr: Women’s liberation: A rising movement of the radical 1960s
Socialist Worker nr. 2091, mar 08 – side 6
Note: In the first part of our new series Judith Orr looks at the rise in the struggle for women’s liberation.
 
Lindsey German: Rise and fall of the women’s movement
International Socialism Journal nr. 37, dec 87 – side 3
Note: The campaign against David Alton’s bill to restrict abortion has once again put women’s issues at the centre of the political scene. At the same time it raises a number of issues about the women’s movement, and its inability to organise large numbers of women.
 
Jette Dam-Hansen: To traditioner i kvindekampen: Søsterskab eller fællesskab
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 28, apr 87 – side 9
Note: Igennem de sidste hundrede år har to forskellige bevægelser kæmpet for at frigøre kvinderne, marxismen og feminismen. Begge ønsker at udrydde kvinders ulige og undertrykte position og erstatte den med fuldstændig og ægte lighed mellem kvinder og mænd.
 
Abbie Bakan: The Canadian Women's Movement
International Socialism Journal nr. 4, mar 79 – side 123
 
Kvindebevægelse Danmark
Christine Bergen: Småborgerlige feminister arrangerer: Endnu en 8. marts om kriminalisering af prostitution
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 327, mar 13 – side 15
Note: For 6. år i træk reducerer “8. marts initiativet” kvindernes kampdag til et spørgsmål om at bekæmpe prostitution gennem lovændringer.
 
Mette Hermansen: 8. marts: Kvinde sælg din krop?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 295, feb 10 – side 4
Note: ‘Kvindekamp er klassekamp’ lød parolen i 1970’erne, da kampen for ligestilling rigtig tog fat. På hundredåret for Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag reduceres kvindekamp nu ofte til at handle om kvinders ret til at sælge sex eller et forbud mod at købe sex.
 
Ellen Christensen + Inge-Lise Bjørn: Kvindekamp i 90’erne: Stadig meget at kæmpe for
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 130, mar 96 – side 4
Note: Kvinder har været undertrykt så længe, der har eksisteret klasser. Derfor har kvinder også altid kæmpet imod undertrykkelsen.
 
Prostitution
Se også: Sexualitet
Sinead Kennedy: Prostitution: The New ‘Abolitionism’
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 4, dec 12 – side 16
Note: Last year the Irish government declared its intention to reexamine legislation surrounding prostitution in Ireland. Shortly after this statement, the Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, announced he was taking legal advice from the Attorney General on the so-called Swedish model or the criminalization of the purchasing of sex.
 
Thierry Schaffauser: The sex work debate—a response to Jess Edwards
International Socialism Journal nr. 128, okt 10 
Note: The following is a contribution to the debate on sex work which has been taking place in the International Socialism journal. The author is the president of the GMB Sex workers & Adult Entertainment branch.
 
Sheila McGregor: Feedback: Sexuality, alienation and capitalism
International Socialism Journal nr. 130, apr 11 – side 177
Note: The last few issues of this journal have seen a debate develop over the Marxist attitude to sex work. Jane Pritchard’s original article, “The Sex Work Debate”, elicited a critical response from Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker. Jess Edwards replied to these criticisms in her article “Sexism and Sex Work”, which Dale and Whittaker responded to in turn.
 
Xanthe Whittaker + Gareth Dale: Feedback: Sex work: a rejoinder
International Socialism Journal nr. 129, jan 11 – side 201
Note: Productive debate requires engagement with the other’s stronger positions. In her reply to us, Jess Edwards ignores this rule, relying instead upon insinuation, imputation and distortion. She enlists enough Aunt Sallies and straw men to pack out a small stadium, and red herrings to collapse a fishmonger’s slab.
 
Jess Edwards: Feedback: Sexism and sex work: A response to Dale and Whittaker
International Socialism Journal nr. 128, okt 10 – side 207
Note: The previous issue of this journal carried an article by Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker arguing that sex work is fundamentally the same as other forms of wage labour in capitalist society. They argue that the primary response of revolutionary socialists to the growth of the sex industry should be to organise sex workers in their workplaces and fight for unionisation.
 
Xanthe Whittaker + Gareth Dale: Feedback: A response to the sex work debate
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 183
Note: With trade unions and feminists divided over the question of how to understand sex work in terms of women’s oppression and whether to relate to sex workers when they organise, it is timely that International Socialism has opened up this debate.
 
Mette Hermansen: 8. marts: Kvinde sælg din krop?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 295, feb 10 – side 4
Note: ‘Kvindekamp er klassekamp’ lød parolen i 1970’erne, da kampen for ligestilling rigtig tog fat. På hundredåret for Kvindernes Internationale Kampdag reduceres kvindekamp nu ofte til at handle om kvinders ret til at sælge sex eller et forbud mod at købe sex.
 
Jane Pritchard: The sex work debate
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 161
Note: The debate on “sex work” has divided the trade union movement. While the GMB has tried to organise women who work in lap dancing clubs, in 2009 the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Women’s Congress voted against a motion which supported the decriminalisation of the sex industry and the unionisation of sex workers. Instead a motion was passed in favour of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.
 
Poul Erik Kristensen: Sexarbejde.dk: De prostitueredes eget talerør
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 278, apr 08 – side 6
Note: Sådan præsenterer folkene bag sexarbejde.dk selv den hjemmeside, som en række sexarbejdere lancerede op til kvindernes internationale kampdag 8. marts.
 
Esme Choonara: Prostitution: the government puts women in danger
Socialist Worker nr. 2090, mar 08 – side 6
Note: We need to make prostitution safer, but also fight against a world where sex is sold.
 
Jørgen Lund: Debat: Prostitutions-debat
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 272, sep 07 – side 15
Note: I Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 271, 15. august 2007, side 15 anmelder Doris Kruckenberg (DK) min anmeldelse af Henrik Lists bog, Sidste nat i kødbyen, fra avisens nr. 270.
 
Doris Kruckenberg: „Sidste Nat i Kødbyen“. Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 270: Anmeldelse af en anmeldelse
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 271, aug 07 – side 15
Note: Tænk at et nostalgisk suk efter tider med mængder af Halmtorvsluddere og snuskede Istedgade-life shows skulle forekomme i denne avis!
 
Jørgen Lund: Essays af Hernik List: Sidste nat i Kødbyen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 270, jun 07 – side 11
Note: Livet er for kort til at læse Euroman eller Berlingske, så jeg var helt uforberedt på forfatteren Henrik Lists nyeste bog „Sidste nat i Kødbyen.“ Forventede, at det var lidt lummert kiggeri ind igennem vinduerne til menneskekød på sexarbejde, reportage fra virkeligheden som undskyldning for udpenslet saftig sex på siderne.
 
Jørgen Lund: Prostitution: Den grimme lov
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 268, apr 07 – side 11
Note: Danmark havde for 50 år siden en lov om kriminalisering af sexkunder. Som alle moralske love var det en fuser
 
Vincent Clausen: Kommentar: Transnational prostitution og global fattigdom
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 265, feb 07 – side 6
Note: Fattigdom er nøglen til at forstå prostitutionens globalisering. Fattigdom og strukturelle forandringer i samfundene (eksempelvis deregulering af arbejdsmarkederne) fører til, at fattige mennesker søger nye muligheder for at skaffe sig en indkomst.
 
Christian Groes-Green: Prostitution til debat: Sexarbejdere i alle lande!
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 264, jan 07 – side 11
Note: Det undrer, at næsten ingen på den danske venstrefløj gider beskæftige sig med eller støtte de socialistiske fagforeninger for sexarbejdere i Europa.
 
Jesper Juul Mikkelsen: Interview med tidligere escortpige: Nej til kriminalisering
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 264, jan 07 – side 11
Note: Maj Christensen er 40 år og forhenværende escort gennem 12 år. Derudover er hun aktiv i VIP-lounge, et netværk af og for sexarbejdere, som arbejder for, at sexarbejdere kan få nogle rettigheder i Danmark, for det har de ikke i dag.
 
Jan Hoby: Kvindens krop som handelsvare
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 257, jun 06 – side 10
Note: Diskussionen om prostitution og kriminalisering af kunderne efter en svensk model, kører i højeste gear mange steder i det offentlige rum i Danmark.
 
Abort
Nicole Colson: Rise up and defend abortion rights in the US
Socialist Worker nr. 2298, apr 12 – side 6
Note: The Republican right is on the warpath against women’s control over their bodies.
 
Editorial: Abortion isn’t a ‘tough issue’––most back a woman’s right to choose
Socialist Worker nr. 2297, apr 12 – side 3
Note: Hundreds of pro-choice protesters took on anti-abortion bigots in central London last week
 
New threat to abortion rights
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 2
Note: Anti-choice MPs have launched a fresh attack on abortion rights.
 
Goretti Horgan: Abortion: is this the moment?
Socialist Review nr. 328, sep 08 – side 5
Note: Imagine living where the prime minister believes in creationism, the chair of your parliament's health committee believes "it is the duty of government to implement god's law" and the chair of the education committee calls for creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes. That place is Northern Ireland (NI).
 
Sadie Robinson: Abortion rights: Vote defeats threat to women’s rights
Socialist Worker nr. 2103, maj 08 – side 4
Note: Pro-choice activists won a significant victory on Tuesday last week when amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill that sought to lower the legal time limit for abortion were defeated.
 
Sadie Robinson: Beat back right’s attack on abortion
Socialist Worker nr. 2101, maj 08 – side 16
Note: Abortion rights in Britain are facing a serious attack over the next week and we have to defend them.
 
Stuart Derbyshire: Why a foetus can’t feel pain
Socialist Worker nr. 2101, maj 08 – side 16
Note: The efforts to reduce the upper limit for an abortion from 24 to 20 weeks have focused, in part, on the possibility of the foetus feeling pain after 20 weeks.
 
Esme Choonara: Embryology Bill: Why embryo research matters
Socialist Worker nr. 2094, mar 08 – side 6
Note: Attacks on human/animal embryo research must be resisted.
 
Judith Orr: Abortion: Their morals and ours
Socialist Review nr. 323, mar 08 – side 15
Note: We need to get ready for a big battle over abortion rights, argues Judith Orr, and the deluge of moral outrage about women's lives that will accompany it.
 
Farah Reza: Lords attempt to restrict abortion
Socialist Worker nr. 2081, dec 07 – side 2
Note: The first shots in a battle to roll back women’s rights to abortion have been fired in the House of Lords.
 
Jackie Turner: In my view: Defending abortion rights
Socialist Review nr. 320, dec 07 – side 7
Note: This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the private member's bill which led to the Abortion Act of 1967, allowing abortion up to 28 weeks of pregnancy, that was lowered to 24 weeks in 1990 by the Human Fertilisation Act.
 
Goretti Horgan: Abortion in Northern Ireland: Access denied
Socialist Worker nr. 2075, nov 07 – side 13
Note: The 1967 Abortion Act does not apply to Northern Ireland. We need to pressure parliament to extend it, argues Goretti Horgan.
 
Elane Heffernan: Abortion rights – 40 years on
Socialist Worker nr. 2074, okt 07 – side 8
Note: Forty years ago this weekend the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in Britain.
Doctor Wendy Savage, a leading figure in the fight for abortion rights and the co-ordinator of Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion spoke to Socialist Worker about the issues.
 
Elane Heffernan: Abortion: No return to the backstreets
Socialist Worker nr. 2074, okt 07 – side 9
Note: In 1966, the year before abortion was legalised, around 4,000 women in Britain died trying to end a pregnancy that they did not want, could not afford, or could not cope with.
Margaret Renn, a leading women’s rights campaigner, remembers the movement for the right to choose.
 
Kelly Hilditch: Abortion: A women’s right to choose under attack
Socialist Worker nr. 2058, jul 07 – side 9
Note: Women still don't have universal access to free safe abortion on demand.
 
Trine Christensen: Læserbrev: Vi vil beholde den fri abort
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 117, jul 95 – side 4
Note: Den fri abort kom ikke af sig selv. Faktisk fik vi først fri abort i Danmark i 1973.
 
Ikke råd til børn
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 113, mar 95 – side 2
Note: Mødrehjælpen i København har lavet en undersøgelse over tre år, som viser, at flere studerende vælger at få foretaget abort.
 
David Widgery: Abortion: The Pioneers
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 80, jul 75 – side 6
Note: UNTIL the 1967 Abortion Act, termination of established pregnancy was either furtive and expensive if you had money or illegal and hazardous if you did not.
 

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