Marxism and Radical and Liberal Feminism Essay
Marxism is a structural conflict theory as outlined originally by Karl Marx (1818-1883). Marx called the society we live in a capitalist society, and divided society into two basic classes. The ruling class or bourgeoisie as he called them, which was at the time of Marx the wealthy factory owners and land owners, and the working class which he called the proletariat. They were the factory workers. A capitalist society is one where the means of production are controlled by the ruling class with the aim of making money for themselves by exploiting the labours of …show more content…
As economic relationships are based on exploitation, class conflict is inevitable and Marxists believe that eventually we will need to wake up to what is happening and overthrow the capitalist society by rebelling. Marxism is a soft version of communism, the aim is to make the bourgeoisie fall, as the workers are already as low as they can go, why not stand up and fight for their rights, make the ruling class scared because they have a lot further to fall. A Marxist will tell you that to be equal, we need to abolish any kind of ownership, such as land ownership, for that will make everyone equal.
Some people like to criticise this theory. Some people believe that there is more to life than just economics and social class, and that we can not always place so much emphasis on our identity because of our social class.
Feminism can be