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Author Ghodsee, Kristen Rogheh, 1970- author.

Title Why women have better sex under socialism : and other arguments for economic independence / Kristen R. Ghodsee.

Publication Info. New York : Nation Books, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    335.0082 GHO    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xiii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: you might be suffering from capitalism -- Women : like men, but cheaper: on work -- What to expect when you're expecting exploitation: on motherhood -- Pantsuits are not enough: on leadership -- Capitalism between the sheets: on sex (Part I) -- To each according to her needs: on sex (Part II) -- From barricades to ballot boxes: on citizenship.
Summary In a witty, irreverent op-ed piece that went viral, Kristen Ghodsee argued that women had better sex under socialism. The response was tremendous -- clearly she articulated something many women had sensed for years: the problem is with capitalism, not with us. Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives. She tackles all aspects of a woman's life - work, parenting, sex and relationships, citizenship, and leadership. In a chapter called "Women: Like Men, But Cheaper," she talks about women in the workplace, discussing everything from the wage gap to harassment and discrimination. In "What To Expect When You're Expecting Exploitation," she addresses motherhood and how "having it all" is impossible under capitalism. Women are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women's march to the long-overdue public outcry against sexual harassment. Interest in socialism is also on the rise - whether it's the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America. It's become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn't working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward.
Subject Women and socialism -- Communist countries.
Women -- Employment -- Communist countries.
Women -- Communist countries -- Social conditions.
Women's rights -- Communist countries.
Motherhood -- Communist countries.
ISBN 9781568588902 (hardcover)
1568588909 (hardcover)

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