Identity & Oppression

A growing feeling of alienation, injustice and oppression is feeding a general movement of rebellion among women against the existing state of affairs. The awakening of millions of women, especially the younger generation who feel a burning indignation about the discrimination, oppression and humiliation to which they are subjected under an unjust system is a profoundly progressive and revolutionary phenomenon that we should celebrate and support with the utmost enthusiasm.

It goes without saying that Marxists stand one hundred percent in favour of the complete emancipation of women. There cannot be the slightest hesitation, ambiguity or doubt about this. We must fight against the oppression of women at all levels, not just in words but in deeds. Under no circumstances can we allow the impression that this is somehow a secondary issue that can be subsumed under the general category of the class struggle. It would be fatal for the cause of Marxism if women believed that Marxists are prepared to postpone the struggle for their rights until after the victory of socialism. That is entirely false and a vicious caricature of revolutionary Marxism.

While it is true that the complete emancipation of women (and men) can only be achieved in a classless society, it is equally true that such a society can only be achieved through the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism. Women cannot be expected to put to one side their immediate, pressing demands and await the arrival of socialism. The victory of the Socialist revolution is unthinkable without the day-to-day struggle for advance under capitalism.

– From Marxism vs Identity Politics

(See our separate sections on Struggle for Women's Emancipation and LGBT)

Title Created Date Author
The lessons of Stonewall: 50 years on 28 June 2019 Laurie O’Connel
50 years after Stonewall: revive LGBTQ radicalism! 27 June 2019 Fightback
Spain: 8 March – working women stand against the Francoist right 13 March 2019 Lucha de Clases
Italy: 8 March strike is just the beginning! 08 March 2019 Grazia Bellamente
[Video] From abortion rights to feminist strikes 08 March 2019 Ellen Morton and Fiona Lali
Spain: for a 24-hour general strike on 8 March! 07 March 2019 Susana López and Aura Orbe
Israel: 20,000 protest in Tel Aviv against violence towards women 11 December 2018 Correspondent in Tel Aviv
[Video] The Suffragettes and the fight for equality: a century of struggle 22 November 2018 Natasha Sorrell
Britain: Glasgow council workers strike for equality 25 October 2018 Amy Dean and Shaun Morris
Marxism vs Identity Politics 28 September 2018 In Defence of Marxism
Britain: Tory cuts fuel domestic violence and abuse 27 June 2018 Ellen Morton
The Dagenham machinists strike and the struggle for equality 08 June 2018 Natasha Sorrell
Canada: important public meeting on sexual revolution in the Soviet Union 31 May 2018 Marissa Olanick and Jessica Cassell
Ireland abortion referendum: a mighty blow against the Catholic Church 28 May 2018 Ben Curry
Ireland: 8th amendment repealed! 26 May 2018 In Defence of Marxism
Repeal the 8th! – Irish abortion referendum rattles the establishment 24 May 2018 Kelly Joyce
Letter to Stalin: “can a homosexual be in the Communist Party?” 10 May 2018 Harry Whyte
The Sexual Revolution in Russia 02 May 2018 Dr Grigory Batkis
La Manada affair reveals the rotten character of the Spanish state 30 April 2018 Arturo Rodríguez
Bolshevik decriminalisation of homosexuality – intentional or oversight? 18 April 2018 Fred Weston