Intersectionality – not the basis for the liberation struggle

The methodology of ‘intersectionality’ is currently gaining increased support on the left in the UK. Joy Macready argues why it shouldn’t be used as the basis for a socialist approach to liberation ‘Intersectionality’, or the study of how multiple systems of oppression or discrimination interact, is gaining prominence amongst the left in the UK. For … Continue reading Intersectionality – not the basis for the liberation struggle

Q&A: Do men benefit from women's oppression?

Put simply – yes. Working class men derive a material benefit from the social oppression of women. They benefit from the free labour that women do in the home, such as cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping and caring for children and sick relatives. In the UK, working women do on average 17 hours more domestic work … Continue reading Q&A: Do men benefit from women's oppression?

Rape and the Left – The enemy within

By Rebecca Anderson THE RAPE AND assault charges against members of the Socialist Workers Party, the RMT union and the Socialist Party have dragged into the light a long overdue issue. Such actions are far from only existing 'out there' - outside the Labour Movement. Indeed, to our shame, they represent an “enemy within”. We … Continue reading Rape and the Left – The enemy within

Why can’ t rape victims get justice?

The vicious beating and gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi, who died in hospital two weeks later, sparked outrage across India and the world, writes Joy Mcready The brutality and premeditation of the attack – six men conspired to snatch a woman in order to rape and kill her – spawned mass protests … Continue reading Why can’ t rape victims get justice?

Socialist Workers Party: Rape, sexist behaviour and the working class movement

The following is a shortened version of an online statement (see) The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is presently undergoing its most serious crisis since the 1970s. This is entirely the direct result of the disloyal actions of its own leadership, the 12-person Central Committee (CC), before, during and after the annual conference held on 5 … Continue reading Socialist Workers Party: Rape, sexist behaviour and the working class movement

Reasons to protest on 26 March: cuts to women's refuges

Government cuts to council budgets will lead to more victims of domestic violence dying at the hands of their abusers, writes Joy Macready. More than half of domestic violence services across the country do not know if they will remain open after March. One in four women are affected directly by domestic violence sometime in … Continue reading Reasons to protest on 26 March: cuts to women's refuges