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Ghandy's vital text that outlines the history of the world's feminist movements and critiques them to create the foundation for proletarian feminism. Ghandy's vital text that outlines the history of the world's feminist movements and critiques them to create the foundation for proletarian feminism.


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Ghandy's vital text that outlines the history of the world's feminist movements and critiques them to create the foundation for proletarian feminism. Ghandy's vital text that outlines the history of the world's feminist movements and critiques them to create the foundation for proletarian feminism.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    julieta

    Muy buen libro para seguir pensando en el feminismo, o feminismos. Habla sobre las distintas ramas filosóficas que cada grupo de feministas ha defendido. Desde el feminismo liberal, el feminismo radical, anarco-feminismo, feminismo socialista. Y hace crítica a cada uno. Lo que me queda claro es que el feminismo es algo que se debe seguir repensando todo el tiempo, es complejo, y está bueno seguir leyendo teoría, cada país tiene sus propias complejidades (ghandy era una escritora y activista comu Muy buen libro para seguir pensando en el feminismo, o feminismos. Habla sobre las distintas ramas filosóficas que cada grupo de feministas ha defendido. Desde el feminismo liberal, el feminismo radical, anarco-feminismo, feminismo socialista. Y hace crítica a cada uno. Lo que me queda claro es que el feminismo es algo que se debe seguir repensando todo el tiempo, es complejo, y está bueno seguir leyendo teoría, cada país tiene sus propias complejidades (ghandy era una escritora y activista comunista de la India que murió en el 2008), y está bueno seguir pensando y reflexionando. Cita un montón de autoras que no conocía, así que me dio material para seguir buscando, y ese es el valor que resalto, que me empuja a seguir aprendiendo.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Vega

    DE LO MEJOR QUE HE LEÍDO DE FEMINISMO EN EL AÑO (junto The Dialectcs of Sex). http://www.neapoulain.com/2018/01/aut... Recomendado como texto introductorio en formación feminista por mí y mi autoridad de feminista que ya lo leyó Finalmente, les recomiento otro texto corto. Si Feminismo para principantes expone diversas corrientes feministas, el texto de la comunista Anuradha Ghandy les ayudará a reafirmar todo eso y además realiza una crítica muy importante en prácticamente todas las corrientes. Mu DE LO MEJOR QUE HE LEÍDO DE FEMINISMO EN EL AÑO (junto The Dialectcs of Sex). http://www.neapoulain.com/2018/01/aut... Recomendado como texto introductorio en formación feminista por mí y mi autoridad de feminista que ya lo leyó Finalmente, les recomiento otro texto corto. Si Feminismo para principantes expone diversas corrientes feministas, el texto de la comunista Anuradha Ghandy les ayudará a reafirmar todo eso y además realiza una crítica muy importante en prácticamente todas las corrientes. Muchas veces se tiende a encasillar al feminismo como uno solo y no es cierto, hay muchas corrientes, son varios y saber donde están sus puntos fuertes y sus puntos débiles es muy importante. Conocer sus aportaciones al mismo tiempo que se puede hacer autocrítica es muy importante. Este texto tiene apenas 40 páginas, pero recorre la historia del feminismo pasando por el feminismo liberal, el feminismo radical, el anarcofeminismo, el llamado feminismo socialista, el posmodernismo en el feminismo... Me impresionó la claridad de Anuradha Ghandy para exponer sus ideas y sus críticas, especialmente al feminismo liberal, radical y al posmodernismo. Lo leí también hace poco porque lo ví recomendado en twitter y no era demasiado largo y la verdad es que fue una de las mejores lecturas de feminismo del año (en un año que tuve muchas buenas). También me parece un libro muy bueno para leer en grupo y apoyar el debate. Anuradha Ghandy lo escribe desde la realidad de la India (un país en el que ya viví, por lo que puedo entender muchas cosas sobre sus conclusiones), pero no por eso deja de ser increíblemente relevante en el resto del tercer mundo. Critica al feminismo especialmente como un movimiento interclasista, al menos a la mayoría de sus corrientes. Expone muy fácilmente como el feminismo es un movimiento que en sus inicios falló en ver como la clase era un eje de opresión que se intersectaba con el género. Creo que eso es algo de lo más valioso que tiene este libro. De momento, es el último que voy a recomendar, porque quiero llevarme esta sección con calma. Escribiré en ella al menos una vez al mes o una vez cada mes y medio, por si quieren ir medio siguiendo las lecturas (cada quien con los tiempos que quiera). Cualquier duda, en los comentarios (siempre y cuando la sepa contestar).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nacho

    One of the most enlightening texts on feminism I've read. Anuradha manages to synthetize some of the most relevant philosophical trends in Western feminism in barely a 100 pages, along with her marxist-leninist critique of them. Unlike other reviewers, I would not recommend this book as an introductory text to Marxism nor feminism. The book manages to be so brief because she does not need to go into deep details of many of the controversies. While it might be a good way for a novel reader to lear One of the most enlightening texts on feminism I've read. Anuradha manages to synthetize some of the most relevant philosophical trends in Western feminism in barely a 100 pages, along with her marxist-leninist critique of them. Unlike other reviewers, I would not recommend this book as an introductory text to Marxism nor feminism. The book manages to be so brief because she does not need to go into deep details of many of the controversies. While it might be a good way for a novel reader to learn of the existence of these controversies, the nuance of her analysis will be lost without a deeper knowledge of them than the one presented here. I found the discussion on the origin of women's oppression, and her dialectical approach to it, particularly eye-opening. It did require a lot of thinking and re reading of key sections to grasp the subtleties and realize the she was not a "class determinist", in part because the book is very brief and leaves part of the work to the reader and in part because I think it's not a finished work: as the introduction says, the book is created from some of her notes, but lacks some final polishing. The only negative remark I have is that she characterizes radical feminism as pro porn and pro prostitution (or at least neutral), and that doesn't match the information I've found anywhere else. All in all, an indispensable read for any marxist-leninist who wants to grasp the complexities of a dialectical approach to the different feminist trends.

  4. 4 out of 5

    N

    Comrade Anuradha Ghandy dedicated a significant part of her life in forests organising the oppressed peasantry against the imperialist class as part of the People's Liberation Guerilla Army, strengthening and expanding "the extraordinary women’s organization, perhaps the biggest feminist organization in India — the Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sanghatan (KAMS) that has more than 90,000 members." In this book, the late revolutionary details the theoretical trends in the various feminist movements th Comrade Anuradha Ghandy dedicated a significant part of her life in forests organising the oppressed peasantry against the imperialist class as part of the People's Liberation Guerilla Army, strengthening and expanding "the extraordinary women’s organization, perhaps the biggest feminist organization in India — the Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sanghatan (KAMS) that has more than 90,000 members." In this book, the late revolutionary details the theoretical trends in the various feminist movements that developed in the West (and whose influence spread to different parts of the world). Starting with liberal feminism, which developed in the 18th and 19th centuries in response to feudal patriarchal values, Ghandy reveals the class limitations among feminist thinkers of this period. For instance, Mary Wollstonecraft, who belonged to the aristocracy, wrote that "respectable women are the most oppressed". The liberal philosophy was based on extreme individualism rather than collective effort. The question of class differences and their effect on opportunities available to people weren't taken into consideration by liberal feminists, argues Ghandy. On the other hand, radical feminists "have stood Marxism upon its head", she says. By taking the role of reproduction and the man-woman relationship as the central contradiction in society, they "ignore the role of history, ignore the political-economic structure and concentrate only on the social and cultural aspects of advanced capitalist society and projects the situation there as the universal human condition", argues Ghandy. Here too the class differences are completely ignored and the needs of poor women are neglected, she says. Ghandy goes on to emphasise the tendency of socialist and radical feminists from Europe and the U.S. to universalize the experience and structure of advanced capitalist countries to the whole world. The solutions brought out by them have benefited only a section of bourgeois, elite and middle class women, while excluding the majority of the oppressed and exploited women. On those lines, Comrade Ghandy emphasises the need to revisit and adapt feminist movements to connect it with the wider, exploitative socio-economic and political structure; to imperialism itself, in order to overthrow it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dany

    “There is a tendency to universalize the experience and structure of advanced capitalist countries to the whole world.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Avanti critiques the trends present in Western movements, and offers some really interesting bits and pieces on the feminist/proletarian/environmentalist struggles in India. It’s (super) short and holistic, so it is a little dry and dense, but there’s a great foreword that gives useful context for Avanti’s life and this particular book. Notably, the (unnamed?) author of the foreword writes: “It has been hard to work out how to read these writings. Clearly, they were not written with a view to be Avanti critiques the trends present in Western movements, and offers some really interesting bits and pieces on the feminist/proletarian/environmentalist struggles in India. It’s (super) short and holistic, so it is a little dry and dense, but there’s a great foreword that gives useful context for Avanti’s life and this particular book. Notably, the (unnamed?) author of the foreword writes: “It has been hard to work out how to read these writings. Clearly, they were not written with a view to be published as a collection. At first reading, they could seem somewhat basic, often repetitive, a little didactic. But a second and third reading made me see them differently. I see them now as Anuradha’s notes to herself. Their sketchy, uneven quality, the fact that some of her assertions explode off the page like hand-grenades, makes them that much more personal. Reading through them you catch glimpses of the mind of someone who could have been a serious scholar or academic but was overtaken by her conscience and found it impossible to sit back and merely theorize about the terrible injustices she saw around her.” Also a great intro to lots of different authors and figures—hoping my Dialectic of Sex copy comes in soon. Will have to close-read this again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sab

    The description of this book reads: "This text, written in clandestinity by Anuradha Ghandy, also known as Avanti, provides a clear and concise analysis and critique of the different main feminist trends" and it is indeed VERY concise. This pamphlet reads more like a short set of notes that can sometimes seem unrevised, like they were not meant for publication, due to little, unimportant mistakes disseminated throughout the text. Yet, it offers an excellent example of application of dialectical m The description of this book reads: "This text, written in clandestinity by Anuradha Ghandy, also known as Avanti, provides a clear and concise analysis and critique of the different main feminist trends" and it is indeed VERY concise. This pamphlet reads more like a short set of notes that can sometimes seem unrevised, like they were not meant for publication, due to little, unimportant mistakes disseminated throughout the text. Yet, it offers an excellent example of application of dialectical materialism in its exposition of the woman's question and in the critique of the feminist movement's history and the trends that arose within it. Comrade Avanti's writing is very comprehensive, making this an extremely enjoyable reading. Not enough shitting on post-modernism though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Berkan Celebi

    Without doubt one of the best informative pieces on feminist philosophy. Ghandy is able to break down so many ideological tenants and their relationship to feminism and offer critical arguments to advance women's liberation (e.g. how radical feminists by arguing women's liberation from a biologically deterministic view, the dialectic of sex, they ignore the social repression of women and the intersectionality nessecary for liberation). She argues against viewing the male-female dialectic as the Without doubt one of the best informative pieces on feminist philosophy. Ghandy is able to break down so many ideological tenants and their relationship to feminism and offer critical arguments to advance women's liberation (e.g. how radical feminists by arguing women's liberation from a biologically deterministic view, the dialectic of sex, they ignore the social repression of women and the intersectionality nessecary for liberation). She argues against viewing the male-female dialectic as the primary contradiction throughout the book, and affirms the principled dialectical materialist position on women's oppression (though this did confuse me a bit but being confused trying to understand the theory for the material basis to oppress women isn't new to me). Without doubt she's a principled Marxist who was unfortunately taking too soon from the world. There is no doubt why her thought and books are made illegal in her home country, it's clear her works present a danger to the capitalist imperlaist system. Şehid Namirin. It is brief, as it's meant to be, but a nessecary reading that I'd recommend. Ghandy can be too critical and her own views must itself analysed critically, as any Marxist would want of their works, but nonetheless she offers a great and, as far as my reading has gone, best analysis I've seen of the history and theory of the women's liberation movement. "The struggle for women’s liberation cannot be successful in isolation from the struggle to overthrow the imperialist system itself."-p. 107 "that to guarantee all the above, the wage structure of society must change, women’s role must change, compulsory heterosexuality must end, the care of children must become a collective enterprise and all this is not possible within the capitalist system."-p. 84

  9. 5 out of 5

    Uğur Şen

    This book consists of notes and thoughts of maoist revolutionary Anuradha Ghandy. She dives deep into the philosophical development of feminism from early feminists like Wollstonecraft to today's feminism. She explains the weaknesses of each trend from the marxist point of view, tries to understand how marxist revolutionaries can incorporate emancipation of women to their revolutionary struggle. This is not a very long book that goes through the history of feminism in great detail, this is a boo This book consists of notes and thoughts of maoist revolutionary Anuradha Ghandy. She dives deep into the philosophical development of feminism from early feminists like Wollstonecraft to today's feminism. She explains the weaknesses of each trend from the marxist point of view, tries to understand how marxist revolutionaries can incorporate emancipation of women to their revolutionary struggle. This is not a very long book that goes through the history of feminism in great detail, this is a book written by a revolutionary to analyze the development of feminist movement. If you consider yourself feminist and/or marxist you should definitely read this book and think with Anuradha as she explains and criticizes feminist movement.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ---

    A very basic history; definitely helpful - I learned a lot of things that I did not know - but none of the rhetoric that really gets me gassed up to read history. This book reads like a lecture from a "fine" professor: yes, you get the information, but you almost might have been reading down a very detailed wikipedia page. I would recommend this book/essay for anyone looking for an overview both generally - from a Western perspective - of the early women's movement as well as for someone looking A very basic history; definitely helpful - I learned a lot of things that I did not know - but none of the rhetoric that really gets me gassed up to read history. This book reads like a lecture from a "fine" professor: yes, you get the information, but you almost might have been reading down a very detailed wikipedia page. I would recommend this book/essay for anyone looking for an overview both generally - from a Western perspective - of the early women's movement as well as for someone looking for the most basic info on India's women's rights situation. For people particularly well-versed in women's liberation theory and history there will be nothing new here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eve

    Gives a good overview of the various schools of feminism which is going to be helpful in studying fascist & patriarchal infiltration within feminist discourse & activism. If we pair this with histories showing how white women would attack women they colonized, then that will elaborate on the points this book makes. This is also important because I've literally seen all these various kinds of feminism circulating about in my life. I also apparently still underestimate how anti-feminist USA was cir Gives a good overview of the various schools of feminism which is going to be helpful in studying fascist & patriarchal infiltration within feminist discourse & activism. If we pair this with histories showing how white women would attack women they colonized, then that will elaborate on the points this book makes. This is also important because I've literally seen all these various kinds of feminism circulating about in my life. I also apparently still underestimate how anti-feminist USA was circa 1990s.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natú

    For what this text is and the circumstances of how it came together, this is an incredibly concise introduction to the general trajectory of the principal feminist movements in the West as we have known them. In no way a profound exploration of any one theory, nor a manifesto for a unifying proletarian feminism, but a very useful text for orienting ourselves towards a more advanced theorization of the issue and away from the errors and pitfalls of past strategies.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meriam Issa

    Absolitely loved this essay

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    There were some sections that I thought needed more fleshing out, but all in all an indispensable read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Faaiz

    Anuradha Ghandy is a really fascinating figure from what I've read about her through other sources and from this book's preface. I do wish this book had expanded more on her life and her story though. The book is about the main philosophical currents and trends in the feminist movement, the differences between them, their main theoretical underpinnings, and a critique of their shortcomings and blind spots. The language is easy to understand, simple, unassuming, and highly accessible. It can serv Anuradha Ghandy is a really fascinating figure from what I've read about her through other sources and from this book's preface. I do wish this book had expanded more on her life and her story though. The book is about the main philosophical currents and trends in the feminist movement, the differences between them, their main theoretical underpinnings, and a critique of their shortcomings and blind spots. The language is easy to understand, simple, unassuming, and highly accessible. It can serve as a good but highly rudimentary level introduction to the main feminist branches (I'm thinking at a pre-high school level). The difficulty with "evaluating" a book like this is arising from the fact that it was published posthumously, eight years after Anuradha's death, from a collection of her notes. It's not certain what Anuradha's intents were with these notes. Was she writing them down for pedagogical purposes to introduce the topics to her fellow comrades or to others? Or was she jotting down her rudimentary thoughts in preparation for something else? In any case, this is why I wanted this book to be more biographical so that the readers could get a better glimpse of the fascinating and inspiring personhood of Anuradha Ghandy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nathen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Modak

  18. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Harmon

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jollene

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peter

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Vought

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mango

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sankara

  25. 5 out of 5

    Noah Killough

  26. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  28. 5 out of 5

    alexis moore

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aldish

  30. 5 out of 5

    Modesty

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