Kelly Gawel
CapitalismO.O.P.S.Sex & Gender

Kollontai, Pankhurst, and Goldman on Feminism and Social Transformation

Many of us were excited and inspired by Kollontai, Pankhurst and Goldman’s approach to the relation between feminist and anti-capitalist struggles. For all three revolutionaries, social relations as a whole (gender and family relations, affective and moral capacities, and psychic life) are involved in the reproduction of capitalism. This entails that the transformation of reproduction in this expanded sense is as important as that of production, since an emancipatory struggle that fails transform social life as a whole runs the risk of reproducing the very forms of domination it seeks to overcome. In order to reconstruct some of our discussion in a schematic way, I will discuss several aspects of this insight that informs the practical and theoretical commitments of Kollontai, Pankhurst and Goldman. This shared presuppositio