Working Woman And Mother Analysis

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When the communists rose up against the bourgeois aristocracy, the new government preached against the evils of western social conventions which plagued other capitalist nations. They ridiculed the polluted image of the meek western female and raised up a powerful icon of the freed Bolshevik woman. To the rank and file Soviet political theorist, the October Revolution removed the diminutive status of the working class, ethnic minorities, and women. Furthermore, the establishment of the Soviet Union abolished societal issues of inequality for women, who felt oppressed by traditional western conventions. Nineteenth century socialist theorist, Charles Fourier, noted how the status of women remained the most logical measure for the freedom of …show more content…
Kollontai addressed the dangers of the dual responsibility in her short story, “Working Woman and Mother,” which contrasted the differences in experiences of working women and those of the privileged classes. Kollontai wrote that for “the working woman—the dyers, weavers, laundresses and other hundreds and thousands of working-class women—motherhood is a cross.” Despite leaving their children unattended and suffering with hunger, mothers needed to venture out to work to keep their families from starving. In turn, it led to the low life expectancy amongst the children of the working classes, with few making it to maturation. While being forced to bear both of these loads, the likelihood of women developing a life not centered around the home decreased. The taxes of motherhood, under the traditional social structure, crushed her independence as well as endangered both her life and of her …show more content…
In order to deconstruct the edifice of the old sexual morality, she argued for new morality where personal preferences and the needs of the individual regulated sexual relationships. It freed women to enter and leave relationships with men on their own accord. In turn, it removed the feelings of isolation fostered by the traditional code. The Soviet population needed to acknowledge sex as a fundamental part of life if they ever intended to

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