Woman's Consciousness, Man's World




      Woman's Consciousness, Man's World
A groundbreaking contribution to debates on women s oppression and consciousness, and the connections between socialism and feminism, this foundational text shows how the roles women adopt within the capitalist economy have shaped ideas about family and sexuality Examining feminist consciousness from various vantage points social, sexual, cultural and economic Sheila Rowbotham identifies the conditions under which it developed, and how the formation of a new way of seeing for women can lead to collective solidarity. Download Woman's Consciousness, Man's World Author Sheila Rowbotham – heartforum.co.uk

Sheila Rowbotham born 1943 is a British socialist feminist theorist and writer.Rowbotham was born in Leeds in present day West Yorkshire , the daughter of a salesman for an engineering company and an office clerk From an early age, she was deeply interested in history She has written that traditional political history left her cold , but she credited Olga Wilkinson, one of her teachers, with encouraging her interest in social history by showing that history belonged to the present, not to the history textbooks.Rowbotham attended St Hilda s College at Oxford and then the University of London She began her working life as a teacher in comprehensive schools and institutes of higher or Adult education While attending St Hilda s College, Rowbotham found her syllabus with its heavy focus on political history to be of no interest to her Through her involvement in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and various socialist circles including the Labour Party s youth wing, the Young Socialists, Rowbotham was introduced to Karl Marx s ideas Already on the left, Rowbotham was converted to Marxism Soon disenchanted with the direction of party politics she immersed herself in a variety of left wing campaigns, including writing for the radical political newspaper Black Dwarf In the 1960s, Rowbotham was one of the founders and leaders of the History Workshop movement associated with Ruskin College.Towards the end of the 1960s she had become involved in the growing Women s Liberation Movement also known as Second wave feminism and, in 1969, published her influential pamphlet Women s Liberation and the New Politics , which argued that Socialist theory needed to consider the oppression of women in cultural as well as economic terms She was heavily involved in the conference Beyond the Fragments eventually a book , which attempted to draw together democratic socialist and socialist feminist currents in Britain Between 1983 and 1986, Rowbotham served as the editor of Jobs for Change, the newspaper of the Greater London Council from Wikipedia

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  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • Woman's Consciousness, Man's World
  • Sheila Rowbotham
  • English
  • 25 November 2019
  • 0140217177

10 thoughts on “ Woman's Consciousness, Man's World

  1. Teri says:

    This book is a short discussion by Sheila Rowbotham on the state of socialist feminism in the mid 1970s Rowbotham is a British social feminist who offers the argument that sexist attitudes pre date a capitalist society Althoughwomen leave the home to work a job in a capitalist society, they are still expected to manage the home which is a job in and of itself Women do not receive equal pay or equal treatment and are relegated to female oriented jobs, such as secretarial positions Life This book is a short discussion by Sheila Rowbotham on the state of socialist feminism in the mid 1970s Rowbotham is a British social feminist who offers the argument that sexist attitudes pre date a capitalist society Althoughwomen leave the home to work a job in a capitalist society, they are still expected to manage the home which is a job in and of itself Wome...

  2. nonfirqtion says:

    Rowbotham wrote this book in the 70s, recognizing the flawed system of movements only working for the upper class and neglecting the working class, minorities, and blacks As a socialist, a lot of her thoughts were framed this way She discussed unequal gender roles, household chores and even the unpaid emotional labour women do She quoted a frustrated woman who complained in the papers in the 60s that she is the unpaid psychologist, nurse, accountant, house cleaner, laundry, cook for her Rowbotham wrote this book in the 70s, recognizing the flawed system of movements only working for the upper class and neglecting the working class, minorities, and blacks As a socialist, a lot of her thoughts were framed this way She discussed unequal gender roles, household chores and even the unpaid emotional labour women do She quoted a frustrated woman who complained in the papers in the 60s that she is the unpaid psychologist, nurse, accountant, house cleaner, laundry, cook for her husband and family And I unfortunately still see women shouldering all of these roles today Seems to me that it is not that women do not have a voice, or need to be empowered to find our voice we have it, we have been using it, and we have been fed up for centuries now But some people just ...

  3. Raya Al-Raddadi says:

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  4. Anni says:

    Rowbotham is, as always, engaging, easy to read and fairly clear, although her ideas are often not as fully spelled out as they should be, including in areas that might be rather critical to one s understanding, such as the relationship of gender to class a common problem of pamphlet length writing The book contains some valuable insights in particular on the social and psychological dimensions of housework, and on the phenomenon of women s indifference to men s labor struggles, which for me Rowbotham is, as always, engaging, easy to read and fairly clear, although her ideas are often not as fully spelled out as they should be, including in areas that might be rather critical to one s understanding, such as the relationship of gender to class a common problem of pamphlet length writing The book contains some valuable insights in particular on the social and psychological dimensions of housework, and on the phenomenon of women s indifference to men s l...

  5. Sean Estelle says:

    This short tract on socialist feminism, and the need for an analysis of women s oppression specifically, reads like common sense today But at the time it probably was a bombshell calling out the revolutionary men just as hard as the capitalist dogs It s about the means of production and the means of social reproduction, and this book provides accessible language for understanding thatdeeply There are also references to Black liber...

  6. Jo says:

    You ve got to love an outright polemic This is part memoir part manifesto It must have been so radical at the time it was published It made me realise how far women have come in the workforce that a lot of the book was ...

  7. Dee Michell says:

    Nothing quite as revivifying as revisiting some of the feminist texts from the 1970s I enjoyed this trip down memory lane, great to reflect on changes, disturbing to see how somethings haven t changed The double load, for example, is still disproportionately shoul...

  8. Becki Iverson says:

    This is a short book but there is SO much in here Rowbotham was ahead of her time, particularly in regards to intersectionality, and she doesn t get enough intellectual credit within the movement I think many of the problems Rowbotham identifies in this book are still very much in existence and even being fought over in our primaries Many of them are rooted in our economic system, as she describes It will be interesting to see how the election of a true progressive candidate such as Sanders This is a short book but there is SO much in here Rowbotham was ahead of her time, particularly in regards to intersectionality, and she doesn t get enough intellectual credit within the movement I think many of the problems Rowbotham identifies in this book are still very much in existence and even be...

  9. Benjamin says:

    Forty years later and women still don t have equal pay for equal work they re still prepared to run personal favors for the bosses they re still expected to do the bulk of the childcare and housework and if the current US political situation is any thing to go by, they r...

  10. Georgie Rychner says:

    I can see why this book was a landmark work in the 70s it is powerfully written and has important points to make However, maybe its because I m a history student I found it to be almost too rhetorical, and lacking in the contextual grounding that could make such a text great.

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