Market-Cautious Feminism

69 STUDIES IN LAW, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY 141, SPECIAL ISSUE: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY

UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2741667

Posted: 7 Mar 2016

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Maxine Eichner

University of North Carolina School of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This essay poses the question of whether the mainstream feminist movement in the United States, in concentrating its efforts on achieving gender parity in the existing workplace, is selling women short. In it, I argue that contemporary U.S. feminism has not adequately theorized the problems with the relatively unregulated market system in the United States. That failure has contributed to a situation in which women’s participation in the labor market is mistakenly equated with liberation, and in which other far-ranging effects of the market system on women’s lives inside and outside of work - many of them negative - are overlooked. To theorize the effects of the market system on women’s lives in a more nuanced manner, I borrow from the insights of earlier Marxist and socialist feminists. I then use this more nuanced perspective to outline an agenda for feminism, which I call “market-cautious feminism,” that seeks to regulate the market to serve women’s interests.

Suggested Citation

Eichner, Maxine, Market-Cautious Feminism (2016). 69 STUDIES IN LAW, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY 141, SPECIAL ISSUE: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY , UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2741667, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741667

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