Feminist Politics and Human Nature
by Jaggar, Alison M (1983)
By obscuring women's oppression, Marxist theory provides a rationale for its perpetuation. The biologistic conception of procreation legitimates women's continuing responsibility for procreative labor. This responsibility, in turn, hinders women's full participation in nonprocreative labor and legitimates sexsegregation in that sphere. At the same time, the biologistic conception of procreation leads to the devaluation of procreative labor: women's work may be socially necessary, but it is not fully historical and hence not fully human work. (p.78)
KeywordsFeminism, Gender Theory, Critical Theory, Women And Work, Discrimination, Liberal Feminism
ThemesSocial Reproduction, Domestic Labour, Women and Work, Marx, Feminism
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