Wednesday, March 7, 2007

International Women's Day

Friends, Today is 8th March,2007.
The International women's day is being celebrated today all across the world.
But it is distressing to see that the day which was to be a day for all of us to vow to intensify our struggle against patriarchal values and male domination has been transformed into a day of spreading decadent bourgeois culture by the capitalists and the corporations that they own .
This day is used to lure the women to reactionary events like beauty pageants and modeling, which use women as a sex object rather than a free self sufficient human being.
The time has come for all the progressive revolutionary people of the world to stand up against this gross capitalist and feudal exploitation of women and fight against the ongoing trivialization
of the International Women's day.

Following is an excerpt from a article written by Comrade Mao-Tse-Tung on feudal exploitation and oppression of women in China during the early 20th century.

A man in China is usually subjected to the domination of three systems of authority (political authority, clan authority and religious authority). As for women, in addition to being dominated by these three systems of authority, they are also dominated by the men (the authority of the husband). These four authorities -- political, clan, religious and n\masculine -- are the embodiment of the whole feudal-patriarchal ideology and system, and are the four thick ropes binding the Chinese people, particularly the peasants. The political authority of the landlords is the backbone of all other systems of authority. With that overturned, the clan authority, the religious authority and the authority of the husband all begin to totter. As to the authority of the husband, this has always been weaker among the poor peasants because, out of necessity, their womenfolk have to do more manual labor than the women of the richer classes and therefore have more say and greater power of decision in family matters. With the increasing bankruptcy of the rural economy in recent years the basis of men's domination over women has been undermined. With the rise of the peasant movement, the women in may parts have now begun to organize rural women's associations; the opportunity has come for them to lift their heads, and the authority of the husband is getting shakier every day. In a word, the whole feudal-patriarchal ideology and system is tottering with the growth of the peasant power.

Protect the interests of the youth, women and children -- provide assistance to young student refugees, help the youth and women to organize in order to participate in an equal foot in all work useful to the war effort and to social progress, ensure freedom of marriage and equality as between men and women, and give young people and children a useful education.

In agricultural production our fundamental task is to adjust the use of labor power in an organized way to encourage women to do farm work.

In order to build a great socialist society, it is of the utmost importance to arouse the broad masses of women to join in productive activity. Men and women must receive equal pay for equal work in production. Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.


gothika-redemption said...

hey i really liked your thoughts.. down with patriarchy!

Anonymous said...

I really do not subscribe to this notion of women's liberation where men talk about what is right and good for women and how they should achieve it. It is indeed ironical for Mao Zedong to speak about women's rights because in his own Red Army, sexual exploitation of women was rampant. Moreover, as communists would have us believe, patriarchy is not inherently linked to the problem of class. It is a demon which strides across classes and cultural differences, and can easily be called a universal phenomena. Men talking abouy women's liberation is like capitalists talking about the liberation of the proletariat. It is rather amusing. We women are relegated to the position of the audience and not considered to be decision makers in decisions which involve us. Hence we reject this male-centric notion of liberation and we do not want males to pay lip service to female liberation. It is our battle and let us fight it on our own. We oppose this top-down notion of rights and we make it clear that we are not objects of charity.

In opposition,

Sucheta Chatterjee.