Silvia Federici: Counterplanning from the Kitchen

16 October 2019

For years capital has told us that we’re only good for sex and making babies. This is the sexual division of labor and we refuse to eternalize it, as inevitably happens when we ask: ‘What does being female actually mean; what, if any, specific qualitites necessarily and for all time adhere to that characteristic?’ To ask this question is to beg for a sexist reply. Who is to say who we are? All we can know now is who we are not, to the degree that through our struggle we gain the power to break with our imposed social identity. It is the ruling class, or those who aspire to rule, who presuppose a natural and eternal human personality – it is to eternalize their power over us.

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