The misogyny that lies at the heart of the Marxist Left.

Zachary George Najarian-Najafi discusses the three misogynistic fallacies that many Marxists have bought into: that transwomen are women, that sex work is work, and that feminism is bourgeois.

By shifting the definition of “woman” away from a materialist one to an idealistic one, we lose the ability to define and fight the causes of women’s oppression. In its most extreme form it erases women as a class, and makes it impossible to talk about patriarchy as an existing force. Why, then, are Marxists, who are supposed to be dialectical materialists embracing a set of ideas the very opposite of dialectical materialism? To answer this, we need to look at the nature of patriarchy; it is a system that predates capitalism. As already stated above, patriarchy and class exist in a symbiosis with one another. The one cannot be eliminated without the elimination of the other.

12 thoughts on “The misogyny that lies at the heart of the Marxist Left.

  1. Deep Thinking March 4, 2018 at 04:27 Reply

    “Sexual intercourse is not a fundamental human need in the way food, water, clothing, and shelter are. Nor does intercourse in of itself help us interpret and understand the world in the way that science and art do.”

    Neither is/does chocolate; constricting labour to only the production of necessities echoes the liberal sentiment that only capitalism can raise us beyond a subsistence economy.

    • Francois Tremblay March 4, 2018 at 04:35 Reply

      Not sure how you went from “intercourse is not a fundamental human need” to “labour should only produce necessities.”

      • Deep Thinking March 4, 2018 at 05:32 Reply

        “To put it in more succinct terms, labor is the process by which human beings create, and facilitate the use, of products of social value. Does the act of sexual intercourse in of itself have social value? Does pornographic material have social value? The answer is no. Sexual intercourse is not a fundamental human need in the way food, water, clothing, and shelter are. Nor does intercourse in of itself help us interpret and understand the world in the way that science and art do. Intercourse does take on social value when its purpose is reproduction, in that case it becomes reproductive labor. It also holds social value when it becomes a means of interpersonal communication, such as intercourse between lovers, but that is not necessarily labor as it does not produce anything of wider use for a community.”

        • Francois Tremblay March 4, 2018 at 15:32 Reply

          You sure know how to quote

          • Deep Thinking March 5, 2018 at 11:11 Reply

            If only I could figure out how to italicize!!

  2. Susan Siens March 4, 2018 at 12:53 Reply

    I read the entire article and wish I could contact the author but I DO NOT DO Facebook or Google. I and other radical feminists can only roll our eyes when discussing the so-called left, and I tend to agree with my husband: they’re all a bunch of trust funders. Why else is The Federalist publishing the linked piece below

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/20/rich-white-men-institutionalizing-transgender-ideology/

    and not Counterpunch or Democracy Now? Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. I agree with John Pilger that class issues must come back to the forefront of any shreds of the left that remain — and I include race and sex under the aegis of class due to the fact that people of color and women are SPECIFICALLY exploited for their labor. Women are exploited not just for sexual and reproductive labor, but unpaid and underpaid labor in general. (I’ve never met a lazier group of people than men in general.)

    Until class regains prominence in leftist activism, there will only continue to be a bad joke which calls itself the left.

    And, hey, deep thinking, it is LABOR when someone irons your shirts though it does not produce a necessity. If you think cleaning the house and doing the laundry are not LABOR, I would guess that you have never done either.

    • Deep Thinking March 4, 2018 at 13:34 Reply

      Hey, Susan. I was quoting the article author’s view that only that which produces a necessity is labour, not my own. Hence the quotation marks.

    • Dumby March 5, 2018 at 15:10 Reply

      Feminists, do think ironing shirts and doing housework are labor. they do in fact produce something essential , a necessity, because we cannot live in trash. people can not have and maintain jobs if their clothes smell. Shulamith Firestone was among the first to elegantly describe this as it relates to Marxism in The Dialectic of Sex…. check it out. a good read.

  3. Susan Siens March 5, 2018 at 12:34 Reply

    Hey, Deep Thinking, I finally understood what you were saying. What you did not understand — since all you were seeing was his summation of what his next essay will discuss — is that liberals and apparently some brain-damaged leftists are claiming that sex work is just work, that it is empowering to women, and that it is okay, rather than that it is essentially exploitative and oppressive. (I assume this is the position of George Soros who is giving a lot of money to get rid of laws which criminalize pimping and trafficking.) There are groups of “sex workers” — often men who dress up as women — who claim prostitution is “empowering” (if there is one word that should be struck from the language that is it) whereas the overwhelming majority of women who are often forced into prostitution do not find it empowering or meaningful.

    By describing fallacies Marxists have bought into, this is what Zachary is talking about; he is not claiming that labor only equates to the production of necessities.

    • Deep Thinking March 5, 2018 at 13:58 Reply

      He is claiming that brain-damaged leftists have bought into the second fallacy because they have not understood a Marxist truth – that labour only equates to the production of necessities:

      “First, it is incumbent to debunk the central assertion behind all of this, that ‘sex work is work’. To tear this apart, we need to first answer the question, what is labor? In his first major published work, The German Ideology, Marx defines labor as such… To put it in more succinct terms, labor is the process by which human beings create, and facilitate the use, of products of social value.”

  4. Susan Siens March 7, 2018 at 14:44 Reply

    Hey, Dumby, of course you and Firestone are correct. I think wiping people’s bottoms in nursing homes is labor because a dirty bottom is an unpleasant and unhealthy thing. If Marx defined labor so narrowly (see above) then Marx was wrong, and undoubtedly some woman (women) was servicing Marx’s every need. I would assume that Marx was discussing the WORKING CLASSES and the labor they engage in to produce goods.

    I have not read Zachary’s essay on the second fallacy and I’m sorry if he bought into such a narrow definition of labor. I cannot think of anything more LABORIOUS than having to lie underneath some gross male or having him stick his penis in my mouth. The problem with the sex work is work fallacy is that it is repeated by people who choose not to use the word prostitution and who think that prostitution is a freely chosen, empowering “job.”

  5. Ophidian March 27, 2018 at 12:53 Reply

    I have noticed whenever worker’s rights, women’s rights, and racial equality are brought up, staples of leftist/progressive politics, transgenderism has to be shoved into the mix and treated like a civil rights issue, instead of the Orwellian form of social engineering it truly is. It’s given even more priority than gay and lesbian rights issues.

    Leftists, especially leftist males, just don’t let up on believing that autogynephiles are an oppressed class. And these men come off sounding like MRAs the more you argue against them, going as far as bragging that if it wasn’t for the men of the Left, women wouldn’t have any rights.

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