QotD: “The connection between patriarchy and capitalism is not a question of what came first and what came later”

The connection between patriarchy and capitalism is not a question of what came first and what came later. It is the exploitation and oppression of women by men which is the fundamental base for both systems. Today I would not talk of two systems but rather as one capitalist-patriarchal system. I also do not use the model of “Man the Hunter” any more to express how these two systems are related. I rather think that capitalism is the latest avatar of patriarchy. Therefore one cannot separate the struggle against patriarchy from the struggle against capitalism.

Maria Mies, ‘Ecofeminism’: a talk about hard work and great joy

(Found at Shamelessly Unladylike)

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2 responses

  1. Capitalism cannot exist without a large slave caste. There is no profit without theft. Patriarchy enables capitalism with brutal efficiency.

  2. Pretty sure Patriarchy came first, anyway… by a few thousand years.

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