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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 e
Paperback, 85 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Verso
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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
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A powerful manifesto that compels us to make our feminism more revolutionary, specifically by targeting capitalism as a primary root of women’s oppression. Written by three of the organizers of the international women’s strike, Feminism for the 99% draws from women’s mobilizing efforts in countries such as Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and more to expand feminism to dismantle economic, environmental, and racist injustice. I loved this book for its bold and uncompromising call for moving beyond a form o ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recs, 2020
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 alr ...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 j
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 integrate ...more
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 wo
Jan 23, 2020 added it
A short but strong manifesto written by three Marxist-Feminists, calling for an intersection between feminism, environmentalism, anti-racism and anti-capitalism etc. It shows us the potential these philosophies have if we were to connect them, showing that they're best when they are combined. It's short, yet detailed and definitely packs a punch. I do feel, however, that - it being a manifesto for the 99% - it was not always as accessible as I had hoped. Nevertheless, it has important food for t ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gender could be seen and debated on its own when it comes to abstract grounds. In reality we live in a world where there's a lot of compromise between individualism and collectivism filled with many systematic organizations for we are, after all, social beings in nature.

This manifesto comes with eleven theses about how liberal feminism and capitalism aren't really favouring for democracies, living conditions of people in general and of the planet.

With citing recent woman's resistance movements a
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.
Zsa Zsa
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been talking about some of the premises mentioned in the manifesto (not as coherently) but received resistance from others, even from feminists especially about sexual exploitation. I’m with the Feminism for 99 percent, count me in NOW.
“For the reason that a feminism for the 99 percent incarnates and fosters the struggle for bread and roses.”
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guys capitalism is bad
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. ...more
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 tha
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 thi
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 sa ...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. ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A feminism that is truly anti-racist and anti-imperialist must also be anticapitalist.

Feminism for the 99% was an impulse buy and read, and I am so glad that I picked this book up. Feminism for the 99% is a series of theses that critiques capitalism and highlight how capitalism has resulted in racism, discrimination, gender inequality, gender violence, ecological destruction and hetero-normative behaviour being entrenched as acceptable behaviour in our society. This book is inherentl
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: feminism, non-fiction
«Feminism for the 99 percent is a restless anticapitalist feminism—one that can never be satisfied with equivalences until we have equality, never satisfied with legal rights until we have justice, and never satisfied with democracy until individual freedom is calibrated on the basis of freedom for all»

Review in English | Reseña en español (abajo)
I came across Feminism for the 99 percent thanks to several recommendations on bookstagram last year so I had it on my to-be-read radar for some ti
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changing
Amazing - so much jam-packed into such a small book! Gave me a ton of new language to enhance my anti-capitalist approach to content and activism. The kind of book that helps make sense of this violent, perplexing world we live in. My only complaint, and it is significant, is that the book was lacking in a transgender perspective. There is a lot of trans-feminist scholarship out there and just a few sentences of inclusion in the book (particularly around gender violence) would have made it a per ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I wholeheartedly agree with almost every single point that was made throughout this manifesto. However, the writers did something that I absolutely abhor seeing in nonfiction books and that is a relentless overuse of jargon that a lot of readers might not be familiar with. No one has the time to stop reading every other line in order to go look up a term. I didn't have a problem comprehending their writing because I read a lot of complex theory due to the nature of my studies, which in turn dese ...more
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
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminism
For a book marketed at the 99%, I found this book painfully inaccessible. At times I felt stupid reading it. There was so much that I didn't understand but desperately want to. I don't think this is a book meant to educate someone or invite them into the notion of Feminism for the 99% - it's really better for someone who's already an expert in the subject. I agree with so many of the ideas put forth in the book but I thought the presentation was not meant for me. ...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 w
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." ...more
Dec 07, 2020 added it
Shelves: books-i-own
This should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in feminism, anti-racism, anti-capitalism...
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A crystal clear manifesto on the kind of feminism that can lead us towards a better future.
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
womanist bibliophile
This manifesto raises important critiques of liberal feminism--an ideology that is merely neoliberalism by another name. Where liberal feminism has embraced capitalist frameworks, the authors of the book rightly recognise such liberalism as not serving the needs and rights of women, but undermining them. Such a recognition is crucial to the redirection of feminist movements at this time. I appreciate that the second wave of the feminist movement is here referenced--although briefly--in accurate ...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
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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 thought ...more

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