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Friday, August 2, 2013

Impossible to position as revolutionary while ignoring oppression ─ Ramos

Subjecting Working Women  to violence, discrimination, humiliation 
strengthens ruling class, 
weakens working class
Excerpt, minor edit by Carolyn Bennett  

Patricia Ramos August 2013 writes:

PRT leader, labor lawyer
with employee union
at University of Costa Rica

Patricia Ramos
“To our socialist feminist sisters and brothers in the United States: You are not alone, and we are not alone!
“…If working women are the most exploited and oppressed sector of the working class and of humanity, that in itself gives working women great potential and capacity to fight.

“Experience teaches us that hundreds of working women whose names we do not know because they are always ignored break into History ─

…impelled by the concrete need to defend and protect their children from hunger, lack of housing, and misery.

“One might think that they act in this way to fulfill their stereotypical role that obligates them to be ‘good mothers.’ But the fact is, it is this same drive that makes them confront the conditions of misery and hopelessness that the capitalist system creates.

‘It is impossible to liberate oneself while oppressing another.’ [Marx, paraphrased]

“It is not possible to adopt consistently revolutionary positions without taking into account oppression at home, in the labor and popular movements, in unions, and in the Party itself.

“….As long as working women experience violence, discrimination, and humiliation from their partners and comrades, the ruling class will survive and grow stronger, while the working class becomes weaker.

“In the same way that male workers fight against their employers and the capitalist state that exploits them, so they should also fight backward ideas generated by anti-youth ageism, xenophobia, and prejudice against LGBT people; and, above all, oppression against women. Women must cease to be the ‘proletariat of the proletariat,’ as Flora Tristan declared in the 19th century.
“The banner of socialist feminism is ours, just as it is yours. Under this banner we reaffirm that ─ without women’s participation at the forefront of the socialist struggle ─ the foundations of true socialism cannot be built.”

Sources and notes

Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos is a PRT leader and labor lawyer with an employee union at the University of Costa Rica. She is the mother of two and former candidate for Costa Rican vice president on a united left slate. Her article in Spanish / Este artículo en español

2012 celebrated the 35th anniversary the PRT also commemorated the name change that occurred at the 18th Congress in September 2006. From that moment forward, the Partido Revolucionario de Trabajadores became the Partido Revolucionario de las Trabajadoras y los Trabajadores — the Revolutionary Party of Female and Male Workers


Why Socialist Feminism:

“One answer is that reforming capitalism so that it is "kinder and gentler" is a dead end. Reforms are important for survival but they are always undermined or reversed. Never-ending attacks on reproductive rights and affirmative action and endless imperialist wars are just a few examples of the limits of reformism. Social justice advocates end up fighting the same battles over and over again instead of expanding democratic rights for excluded groups or preventing the next war.

“Another answer is because you can’t have one without the other. Equality for women cannot be achieved under capitalism while socialism cannot be attained without the participation and leadership of working and poor women in the struggle to win it. Socialist feminists believe that the only way to win the fight for women's rights is to connect it up with the larger global campaign for human liberation in all its forms. …

“Socialist feminism would turn capitalism and the subjugation of women and all other underdogs upside down. First, because socialism replaces the current system of wealth for a few with a system that can meet the human needs of the majority. Secondly, because the fight for women’s equality, with the lowest paid and most oppressed in the leadership, would guarantee everyone wins, because when those at the bottom of the economic ladder rise up, everyone moves up with them.”

Another socialist world is possible!
A socialist U.S. is absolutely necessary for human survival!



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