It’s not even about men.

In the capitalist system, we know that labour is the currency of the working class. It’s all we have to trade. But there are two types of labour.

Firstly, productive labour which is all the work that produces goods and services. Then there’s reproductive labour which refers to the work done in caring for the physical self, the home and the raising of children. This is typically seen in modern society as “women’s work.”

As we know from our (very) brief foray into Kapital, capitalism is based on the accumulation of profit. Most profit is generated through manufacturing, services, sales – productive labour, and so it is seen as more valuable than reproductive labour. 

As a result, because this is viewed as women’s work, women are seen as less economically valuable than men. In this way women are open to exploitation. Not only do they physically support the whole capitalist system in terms of their unpaid labour, they are also already viewed as less than men when they do enter into productive labour. 

This has always been the case since patriarchal societies (those where men have all the power) were introduced. Engels (manifesto guy) called this ‘the world historical defeat of the female sex.’

Because of the social conditions created by capitalism, the way men and women are viewed and valued, the first step to women’s liberation from their dependence on men is their entry into the paid labour system.

Of course, they will still share the class oppression of male workers – and here is where it becomes evident that liberation for women must mean liberation for all, through socialist revolution.

The class struggle, the desperate need for socialism, is not a new concept to most of us. But we must also realise that women’s struggle is rooted deeply in the oppression of the working class. 

Liberation must come from reform that improves conditions for the working class as a whole, only then will women of all levels of society be truly equal.

What this means is that we don’t fall into the trap of comparing men and women obsessively. We reject the idea that there’s a special question about the unique needs of working class women compared to working class men. 

Economic factors have subordinated women, and only economic factors can change their social position. This means we must, as a class, as a whole, attack the basis of capitalist society.

On the face of “women’s liberation” are working class women and liberal middle-class women, seemingly working together – but however “radical” – feminists are still loyal to their class. This is evident because the middle class liberals seek equality within the existing class society framework, they do not attack the basis as we do. 

Because they see men as the enemy, achievements of equal rights with men is a victory to them. They won’t fight for the social revolution needed to liberate them because it threatens their class position. Although our aims may overlap at times, our long term goals differ drastically. 

Each concession they gain is another weapon to use against their working class sisters, another privilege we are not afforded, and so the division between these classes of women grows. The ‘struggle’ and aims of their class are alien to us, and unsatisfying. 

Such small concessions are only the first step to liberation and equality for working class women who see men as their comrades, enslaved alongside them by the same social conditions. They know their enemy, and they strive together against the sickness rather than the symptoms.

It is the working woman who is the saviour of her own future. Only the upper classes can hope to benefit from a union between she and them. The only hope for her in these social conditions is an equal share of inequality, and so she rejects the basis of the measurement. 

“The working woman must not and does not forget that while the aim of bourgeois women is to secure their own welfare in the framework of a society antagonistic to us – our aim is to build, in place of the old, outdated world, a bright temple of universal labour, comradely solidarity and joyful wisdom.” – Alexandra Kollontai, 1909

The only liberation for women is liberation for all, for our class, and so we demand only the right for each to the fullest and freest self-determination. 

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Waitrose, Glasgow

A Waitrose store in Glasgow has suspended seventeen staff after they were caught eating café customer leftovers rather than throwing them away. 

The same company who only a few months ago were cutting Sunday and overtime rates to help pay for the new national living wage, are now punishing the staff they are starving.

If seventeen of your staff are hungry at work, seventeen staff in one store cafe, how can you possibly come to any other conclusion than this is YOUR fault? They are not eating in order to be able to work for you – so you fucking sack them all?

What sort of manager would do this? What sort of human being would pile misery on top of this already tragic story? As if the shame of eating a strangers leftovers isn’t hard enough, as if the smell of food all day wasn’t already driving you insane and sticking knives in your belly. Now you’re probably out of a job as well.

These places shouldn’t be allowed to operate – this is absolutely wicked. It’s evil. To starve your workforce is fucking slavery! They know what they’re doing – they know that they have piled pressure on these workers – cutting their pay so they don’t actually have any increase in income on the new living wage.

They know these people are already feeling the strain, and they don’t fucking care. All they care about is profit. And we can’t have the nice customers seeing workers forced to eat their leftovers can we? They might think we’re not paying them enough! 

Whatever they do with this now, Waitrose – you are the scum of the fucking earth. Pandering and simpering to the middle class with your fucking posh cheese and expensive biscuits while your workers are dying on their arses. Whatever you choose to do about this now, wether you climb down to save face and protect your profit or you really do callously push these desperate people who have given you everything back into the dole queue – we know what you are.

You’re a parasite – a leech on the back of the working class, you will bleed us dry and watch us die and lumber on unfazed. We’re not fucking disposable. 

You have put these people through the shame of going home to their families with no money to feed them. The shame of having to scrape a strangers plate because they can’t afford to eat. The shame of having it broadcast around the world for all to see. The shame of knowing that amongst all this, they still might lose their job at the end of it.

You make me fucking sick. You literally make my stomach churn. I would pause to piss in your doorway. You aren’t worth the shit on their shoes.