Difference Between Marxism And Feminism

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The Common Search for Justice The 19th and 20th centuries are the age of unbelievable historical and social changes. The processes that have left or aimed to leave visible marks on reality usually remained in relation with some theoretical underpinnings. Those would often extend their influence from tangible, observable reality to the domain of abstract. So it was in the case of Marxism and feminism, which rooted themselves into the tradition of literary criticism. They represented the period of struggle for freedom and equality by allowing the voice of the oppressed to be heard. Marxism defined the oppressed as the proletariat, while feminism focused upon women. Here feminism clearly transgresses the boundaries of social classes emphasized in Marxism and assumes gender as the main factor of interest. Both of the domains specify the oppressor as the one who has power over the oppressed. This power in the Marxist paradigm held by the bourgeoisie and aristocracy results from their possession of the means of production, which in turn assures the unconstrained access to the superstructural goods, e.g. education and politics, that is cultural goods not related directly to the process of production. The access to those can perpetuate dependency between the oppressed and the oppressors as it maintains or regulates the social divisions. The feminist perspective, on the other hand, assumes men as the enemy with their patriarchal construct of womanhood imposed upon women along with

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