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Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto

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From three of the organisers of the International Women's Strike US: a manifesto for when 'leaning in' is not enough.

Recent years have seen the emergence of massive feminist mobilizations around the world, offering an alternative to the liberal feminism that has become the handmaiden of capitalism and of Islamophobia. These new movements have taken aim at neoliberalism's
Paperback, 85 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Verso
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lucid and broad in scope, Feminism for the 99% offers a clear vision of a more just world. The manifesto consists of eleven concise theses, which diagnose social ills across the globe and outline how they might be dispelled by an international, anti-capitalist feminist movement. As the co-authors argue for everything from eco-socialism to anti-imperialism, they describe recent instances of women’s resistance to the oppressive status quo, drawing attention to how the movement they envision is ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminist
This is a short manifesto about how liberal feminism and capitalism are destroying democracies, the lives of people and the planet. They outline why feminism must fight against capitalism and neo-liberalism if it is to have any positive impact on the lives of 99% of the world's population (especially women who bear the brunt of poverty, violence and oppression). I agree with all of their points but my criticism is that it reads like a manifesto for the already converted. They assume that readers ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In "Feminism for the 99%", three leading Marxist-Feminist thinkers and activists—Arruzza, Bhattacharya and Fraser—lay out a politics to serve the current international wave of mass women's protest that includes a direct critique of capitalism. The book is exceedingly accessible, lively, and dynamically engaged in a major social movement. They effectively introduce for all audiences many emerging and significant currents of Marxist-Feminist thought today: social reproduction theory that ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of this manifesto that we need a feminist system that is more intersectional.
But I find this book somewhat lacking. First, it listed a lot of aspects of the current society that Feminism for the 99% rejects but the authors sadly failed to explain how exactly they want to establish this change. It's all nice and all if you know that the status quo is failing and that it needs to be replaced but it's kind of naive to assume that you can change it
It's just... I think this is unlikely to be readable to people who aren't at home in critical theory literature on gender, race and class (which is ironic for a book about feminism for the 99%), while at the same time if you are at home in that literature, I'm unsure how much of this is new. There is also a difference between issues being intertwined and causation and sometimes I feel like those two get mixed up here. Anyway, there is definitely truth in here, and it was at times very effective ...more
chantel nouseforaname
Yo these women really laid it down!!! A concretely clear and succinct work explaining how capitalism is killing everyone, focally women. They highlighted the lack of effort put forth by governments across the globe to circumvent the exploitation and subjugation of women internationally.

I mean, real talk — I feel like a better feminist after reading this because it informed me of what I should be looking for in my leaders in my community. Platitudes from neoliberals and their empty statements
Laura Noggle
Not sure what to think of this one.

Still need to process a bit, but initial thoughts are that this book is a touch alienating and extremely academic.

Ironically, I’d say this book is probably *NOT* for 99% of the population.

Might review this manifesto again as it was very short and did pack a punch.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guys capitalism is bad
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I agree with everything that was said by the authors, but it's not "a manifesto" if it only contains three sentences rephrased dozens of times. This definitely needed more work and examples to back the argument.

In its current form, it's highly unlikely to attract anyone except those who already identify as left-wing anticapitalist feminists. Sigh - a wasted opportunity.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This echoed my exact politics so there's not much to say except READ THIS. I don't know where I read that "a diverse group of oppressors is really the goal for some of y'all", but:

"[Capitalism's] key move was to separate the making of people from the making of profit, to assign the first job to women, and to subordinate it to the second."

"The widespread response [to gender violence] is the demand for criminalization and punishment. This 'carceral feminism', as it has been called, takes for
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
This book packs so much in it for such a short read and so much of it I can get on board with. This is anti-capitalist feminism. It states at the outset that feminism if it is worthy of the name challenges capitalism and its accompaniment of patriarchal practices which reinforce it. It stands out against liberal feminism which merely wants to break the glass ceiling to make a rainbow of CEOs and Billionaires. That kind of feminism is merely a makeover or putting lipstick on a pig. I don't know ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Thought-provoking in a good way, but contains some gaps that I find baffling.

This manifesto, written by three adepts of Social Reproduction Theory (SRT), stakes out the goals and framework of a feminism for the 99% - socialist, anti-racist, anti-imperialist, ecological,... It stresses the centrality of women in reproductive labour, the necessity of strikes, and so forth. It's on the whole a step in the right direction which will certainly appeal to both academia (speaking their language) and
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
If anyone ever asks me why I read Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto I'll answer: because I didn't know what I was getting into.

In my quest in broadening my own horizons and learning about feminism more than YAY GRL PWR!, I found myself reading this book and questioning my sanity. I mean, I agree with some of the manifesto's points. I wholeheartedly reject others. The manifesto is full of big words, so if one was mischievous, one could say 99% of readers won't understand much of it.

A feminism
Jul 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
This "manifesto" has very little to do with feminism and is in reality a drawn out anti-capitalist rant with little basis in fact, and equally lacking in its ability to create a coherent argument. Tough to read, would not recommend.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely necessary reading and the biggest breath of fresh air I've had since listening to Chomsky's "On Anarchism."
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
"We write not to sketch an imagined utopia," explain the authors of Feminism for the 99%, "but to mark out the road that must be traveled to reach a just society."

By this marker, the self-described feminist manifesto falls short – in part because manifestos are not roadmaps. They serve an entirely different purpose: to provoke, inspire, energize. The policy documents and details come later.

Of course, a tendency to overstate things is also a hallmark of manifestos. This one explicitly follows in
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed in this book. I enjoy reading all kinds of literature, regardless of whether or not I personally agree with its thesis or premise. But here - where I hoped to find original thought and insight, I found nothing but the same tired rhetoric of political propaganda. Where I hoped to find articulate, insightful, intelligent debate, I found only bitting remarks that are symptomatic of our divided state as a nation. A feminist ideology that alienates those who do not have the ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this but I’m slightly confused as to who the book is for. I’m fairly familiar with the ideas included so I wanted more, whereas if you’re new to the subject and Marxist feminism I feel as though this isn’t where you should start, unless you’re prepared to research as you go along.

The content is inclusive however it drops in Marx, imperialism, liberal feminism etc, without explanation and kinda assumes you already know.

Fem for the 99% is clear, concise, and gave me ideas on what I
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
While I agree with the positions I found it a bit disappointing that for a book stating to be a feminist manifesto for the 99% it presumes quite some knowledge in marxist theory and feminist theory on gender, class and race. So it’s not exactly low-threshold. And if you’re already familiar with marxist feminist theory it might be a bit repetitive and not really much new information. Nevertheless it‘s a nice short (yet quite academic) introduction to marxist feminist thinking and I would give 3.5 ...more
Claire O-P
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have regularly watched people around me (mainly my husband) fall foul of the Verso sale. “No more books!” he’ll cry, and then buy four in the next week. Verso are good. They are very convincing. Specialising in radical voices and political discourse, I’ve not really felt particularly comfortable buying from them. Their catalogue is immense and impressive, but it always felt somewhat beyond my comfort zone.

Possibly because I’m married to an academic, I regularly feel that I’m not well-read
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In some ways I can’t help but read this as putting Bhattacharya’s excellent Social Reproduction Theory into practice. This svelte and compelling manifesto takes the analyses of three of the most exciting current feminist scholar activists blended with the rising tides of feminist, anti-colonial and anti-capitalist activism to develop a programme of action for the current era. While arguing for and clearly laying out the terms of the current crisis, the Manifesto clearly rejects the offers on ...more
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible little read with a lot to say about the state of feminism today and what needs to change. There are a lot of really interesting points in here, and definitely things that I plan on reading up more on but I have to agree with a lot of other reviewers in saying that this isn't really written for the 99%. This is a lot of theory in here and it's not all that easy to follow. Clearly I don't think this is bad book, but unless you're really across all of the theories, you're ...more
Regina Lemoine
While I largely agree with the bulk of the politics of this manifesto and I realize that a manifesto is not generally an all-encompassing plan of action, I feel the authors might have included at least a few concrete examples of the ways in which they envision their ideas might come to fruition. That’s the first issue. There’s some rather vague talk of strikes and checking out of our current two-party political system, but that’s about the extent to which they explain what it is they actually ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I want this revolution, but this is not written for the 99%. Even for the already converted, at a would-be punchy fifty pages, it's repetitive and low on solid indictment and action to grab onto. The conclusions to each thesis come across as wispy as self-help fluff and the argumentation is too generalised to be rallying.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feminism for the 99% is a clearly structured manifesto that connects feminism with anti-capitalism in a way that left me slightly lightheaded – in a good way. Because while I do not (yet) wholly subscribe to this way of thinking, there is no denying that both capitalism and the patriarchy survive and thrive on the systematic exploitation of the oppressed.

The book is structured in theses of what feminism for the 99% should look like. Its central thesis is that capitalism is detrimental to the
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
An anti-capitalistic feminist critique that promotes the complete overhaul of our present economic system rather than merely allowing some privileged women to rise up to the high levels of society's pyramid formerly reserved exclusively for men. Under the present system, they argue, economic inequality for most people, both men and women, can't help but continue; under capitalism society is a pyramid by definition. I liked that it draws particular attention to the value of and the ignoring of ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Frustratingly inaccessible and academic, especially in light of its important message. I was hoping for something I could recommend or lend to folks ("hey, you're a feminist, here's why anti-capitalism is important too!") , but this just isn't going to be that work.
Below the layers of undefined academic language it didn't say anything new to me, so I'm not sure who it's supposed to be for. It also still didn't offer any suggestions or guidelines for solutions or actions, but I may be expecting
Charlotte Jones
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After seeing this on Lauren Wade's favourites of the year list, I thought I'd give it a try and was pleasantly surprised.

This book has changed my thinking on feminism and what it means for people of different races, classes and social standing, as well as the effects of capitalism on feminism.

There were sections of the book that felt quite academic and I'm not sure that I fully grasped all of the concepts explained but I feel like I took a lot from this manifesto all the same.

Overall, if you
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Almost anti-everything: liberal feminism; lean-in feminism; capitalism; neo-liberalism etc.

I'm not sure there is much in the book that many would disagree with, but it's whether their solution, essentially a modern and souped-up version of Marxist feminism and revolution, is one you find acceptable.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism, nonfiction
I gotta hand it to Marxist feminists - they really strive to be as inclusive in their politics as possible.
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Cinzia Arruzza is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and subsequently studied at the universities of Fribourg (Switzerland), and Bonn (Germany), where she was the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship. Her research interests include ancient metaphysics and political ...more
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