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`Read Book ß Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence ã A spirited, deeply researched exploration of why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work life balance and, yes, even better sex In a witty, irreverent op ed piece that went viral, Kristen Ghodsee argued that women had better sex under socialism The response was tremendous clearly she articulated something many women had sensed for years the problem is with capitalism, not with usGhodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the st century and improve our livesShe tackles all aspects of a woman s life work, parenting, sex and relationships, citizenship, and leadership In a chapter called Women Like Men, But Cheaper, she talks about women in the workplace, discussing everything from the wage gap to harassment and discrimination In What To Expect When You re Expecting Exploitation, she addresses motherhood and how having it all is impossible under capitalismWomen are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women s march to the long overdue public outcry against sexual harassment Interest in socialism is also on the rise whether it s the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America It s become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn t working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward I don t think this is a fully baked book I wish she would have spent sometime and made it a longer andfully thought out thesis As is, I don t think she really supports her thesis However, this was still an excellent read The point is obvious, but sometimes forgotten Women are happier when they are financially independent They can have better relationships and also better sex. When women enjoy their own sources of income, and the state guarantees social security in old age, illness, and disability, women have no economic reason to stay in abusive, unfulfilling, or otherwise unhealthy relationships 3 1 2 stars I keep changing my mind about this book I actually really enjoyed reading it the author s style was informal and accessible, and it complemented my previous Marxist feminist readings but I also think it is a little confusing exactly what the author is i When women enjoy their own sources of income, and the state guarantees social security in old age, illness, and disability, women have no economic reason to stay in abusive, unfulfilling, or otherwise unhealthy relationships 3 1 2 stars I keep changing my mind about this book I actually really enjoyed reading it the author s style was informal and accessible, and it complemented my previous Marxist feminist readings but I also think it is a little confusing exactly what the author is in favour of Ghodsee does examine former Soviet countries, looking at data and opinion polls to determine the policies that benefited women , as well as the ways in which they failed She states immediately that she is not an apologist for Stalinism she is well aware of the human rights abuses that took place, and of the myriad ways the Soviet Union failed, but she also believes we can utilize some of the better socialist ideas to make a society which is fairer Especially for women Since the middle of the nineteenth century, European social theorists argued that the female sex is uniquely disadvantaged in an economic system that prizes profits and private property over people Yet, it seems to me that Ghodsee is not really arguing for socialism, as the title and she herself suggest Or, at least, she does not do so very successfully The policies that Ghodsee favours are actuallyin line with the Nordic model People often throw around the word socialism in relation to Nordic countries, but they are, in fact, capitalist countries with high taxation and publicly funded programs like free post secondary education, universal healthcare, and tax subsidized daycare I m a big fan myself.It was nice, though, to see her dispel some of the one sided myths about former Soviet countries If you ve grown up being taught that everyone under socialism was a prisoner who breathed a dramatic sigh of relief once the Berlin wall fell and free markets rushed in, you should read this book Or better yet, readbalanced accounts such as Alexievich s Secondhand Time or Drakulic s How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed It is a complex issue and not every Soviet country was the same Ghodsee quotes a little Eastern European story joke that reflects the conflicted feelings of former Soviet citizensWhat s wrong with you her husband says What happened I had a terrible nightmare, she says I dreamed that we had the medicine we needed, that our refrigerator was full of food, and that the streets outside were safe and clean How is that a nightmare The woman shakes her head and shudders I thought the Communists were back in powerI also enjoyed readingabout sexual economics theory The American model is at odds with women s emancipation and independence It makes perfect sense This winner takes all brand of capitalism relies on women putting in hours and hours of unpaid domestic labour and childcare When women are not financially independent, they are forced to marry and stay with partners they may dislike, find sexually dissatisfying, or are even abusive I was equally glad that the author discussed how getting women into positions of power is not really the crux of the problem In fact, I wish she had spenttime on this While women CEOs and political leaders are important, this is not a reality and therefore not a major concern for the majority of working class and lower middle class women Farimportant is the need for work protections, guaranteed maternity leave and pay, and affordable childcare options Fixing these roots of the problem would likely lead towomen in higher level jobs anyway.This book is not a whim inspired by Bernie Sanders Ghodsee has spent twenty years on this subject and she clearly knows it well I think her conclusion could be stronger and clearer on what she sees as the way forward she frequently talks about an alternative to capitalism , which suggests a whole socialist overhaul of the system, and yet capitalism and all the social benefits she desires are not mutually exclusive This quote makes me think that the author sees capitalism as synonymous with plutocracy The most dangerous enemy of plutocracy is large numbers of citizens working together for a common cause It s no coincidence that capitalism thrives on an ideology of self interest and individualism, and that its defenders will try to discredit collectivist ideals based on altruism and cooperation Capitalism does not necessarily fail its citizens plutocracy does Plutocracy relies on keeping people divided along gender, racial, religious, or other fault lines Capitalism does not have to be the same thing You can actually have capitalism and a welfare state The idea that we have to choose between capitalism and pure socialism is a lie that conservatives tell to scare voters.It s definitely worth a read, but I would bear in mind that when the author says capitalism , she is speaking about a particularly plutocratic branch of capitalism like the one currently operating in the United States Ghodsee acknowledges trans women in her Author s Note and how they were largely excluded from 19th and 20th century discourse She notes the limitations of the data available and how women generally referred to those assigned female at birth.Facebook Instagram As an avowed Marxist feminist, I found this to be an utterly infuriating text Ghodsee is an academic historian who has written a popular press book that seeks to dispel some widespread myths about the horrors of Eastern European state socialism She does this with the explicit aim of opening up space in contemporary US political discourse for consideration of howredistributive and regulatory economic policies would be good for women All of this is seemingly laudable The problem comes wh As an avowed Marxist feminist, I found this to be an utterly infuriating text Ghodsee is an academic historian who has written a popular press book that seeks to dispel some widespread myths about the horrors of Eastern European state socialism She does this with the explicit aim of opening up space in contemporary US political discourse for consideration of howredistributive and regulatory economic policies would be good for women All of this is seemingly laudable The problem comes when Ghodsee actually begins her analysis In a book about socialism and feminism, there is hardly a single mention of working class women s activism In fact, Ghodsee dedicates an entire chapter to how state socialist regimes promoted women into their highest ranks as powerful leaders She does this to make a point about how young girls in capitalist societies need to see powerful women in order to be inspired to become leaders themselves This is just unreconstructed neoliberal, lean in codswallop The point of socialist feminism is that getting a few privileged, elite women into powerful roles does nothing for the vast majority of women Consistently as well Ghodsee makes asinine comments about how socialism is basically just an expanded welfare states with markets and private control of the economy still intact Because Ghodsee s reference points for socialism are Eastern Bloc countries and Scandinavia, she offers a distorted picture of what socialism actually is If you want to know about actual alternatives to capitalism, you will not find them in this book Indeed, Ghodsee has been made into something of a spokesperson for socialism in US media despite the fact that she has fairly centrist politics and a demonstrated lack of familiarity with socialist feminist theory and activism Her frankly random choice of recommended reading testifies to this In summary, it is a real shame that this book will likely be many Americans first sustained introduction to socialist feminism Ghodsee had an opportunity to make a real intervention, but she instead wasted it by telling herradical readers to take the capitalist rag Reason seriously as a source for information Ghodsee presents a world where the alternative to capitalism is slightlyregulated capitalism, and where political activism takes the form of voting instead of collective action Don t waste your time on this if you are already somewhat sympathetic to socialism Read Silvia Federici s Revolution at Point Zero instead If you are not already sympathetic to socialism, then perhaps Ghodsee s confused and overly conciliatory treatise can help guide you away from the echo chamber of capitalist ideology But even then, Federici would be a better starting point Award winning author Kristen Ghodsee has written a handful of books exploring communism, gender and ethnicity, and after appreciating Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism, I will be purchasing her other works to dip in and out of As soon as I read the synopsis for this, I knew it was right up my street Having had an issue with capitalism for as long as I can remember, I was not in need of convincing that adopting some socialist principles may be a better option for many people, including Award winning author Kristen Ghodsee has written a handful of books exploring communism, gender and ethnicity, and after appreciating Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism, I will be purchasing her other works to dip in and out of As soon as I read the synopsis for this, I knew it was right up my street Having had an issue with capitalism for as long as I can remember, I was not in need of convincing that adopting some socialist principles may be a better option for many people, including women However, the fascinating information provided had me completely engaged, and I found it difficult to put it down I usually take my time with non fiction but not here She illustrates that communist ideology could lead to real improvements in women s literacy, education, professional training, as well as access to health care, the extension of paid maternity leave, and a reduction of their economic dependence on men.I understand that this is a divisive and controversial topic and politics often gets people hot under the collar but we owe it to ourselves to look for a better way instead of just accepting the way society and wealth currently work Sometimes I find that books such as these waffle on in an incoherent fashion, but I felt the arguments here were easy to understand and to comprehend There are many examples from communist and post communist states that back up many of the points she makes I hope that this book gets the wide readership it deserves as the case it presents is a strong and convincing one Highly recommended.Many thanks to Bodley Head for an ARC I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own