In a cruel twist of fate, I fear that the movement for women’s liberation has become entangled in a dangerous liaison with neoliberal efforts to build a free-market society. That would explain how it came to pass that feminist ideas that once formed part of a radical worldview are increasingly expressed in individualist terms. Where feminists once criticised a society that promoted careerism, they now advise women to “lean in”. A movement that once prioritised social solidarity now celebrates female entrepreneurs. A perspective that once valorised “care” and interdependence now encourages individual advancement and meritocracy.
This, “How feminism became capitalism’s handmaiden – and how to reclaim it” is a great article from Nancy Fraser in The Guardian.
I’ve highlighted these themes many times before on this blog with the works of academics like Martha Fineman, Daphne de Marneffe, Toni Morrison and Nancy Folbre because maternal feminism is at the very forefront of this debate.