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It was a pretty good book and explained a lot of things (like use value and surplus value and necessary work) about Marxism more clearly than I had understood it before. It repeated itself a fair bit but I found it good because I gradually came to understand some of the hard to grasp concepts. This way of thinking is very intellectual. I found the book was a bit naive in the way it idealised communism (including the soviet union) when anyone from my family could tell you how repressive that regi ...more
As Vogel herself says throughout the text, her theory about the material basis of women's oppression being located in capitals need for social reproduction is an abstract and theoretical beginning, not a concrete strategic end. For Marxists today what is needed now more than ever (even if it's been needed for a very long time) is concrete analysis about the position of women under neo-liberalism today and the strategic conclusions that flow from that, as well as more theoretical and analytical w ...more
Dec 01, 2012 Dan Sharber rated it it was amazing
this was a remarkable book. it sets out to clarify, theoretically, the basis for women's oppression and, while doing so, offers some fantastic and insightful critiques of existing marxist scholarship on the subject. i highly recommend this book in furthering the understanding of women's oppression within the marxist framework. this book should be read but many more people and i am pleased that it will be republished soon by haymarket books.