The core ideas of postmodernism

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This is the second in a series of posts on postmodernism.

Postmodernism arose from the intersection of two trends. One was the onset of hard times economically as the long post-world war 2 boom finally came to an end. Profits were increasingly being made not by expanding production but by sackings, by welfare cuts, by intensifying the work process, and by cannibalising the system itself, running down and/or selling off public infrastructure. In this climate personal life and relationships became harsher.

It came at the end of the social protest era of the late 1960s and early 70s. Rather than boosting those protests, it played a key role in snuffing them out. Unemployment lowered workers’ bargaining power and confidence to act; the union officials were won to the need to defend the “national interest” instead of their members’ living standards. So just as things were getting worse, the vision of something…

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Class, Caste or ‘Oppression’: Sexual Stratification Revisited (Part 1) — The Smile Strike

While poststructuralism seems best equipped to accommodate the awareness that women, per differences of class, race, sexuality and ability, are differently positioned in the social matrix, questions of intersectionality have a long history within radical, socialist and materialist feminist thought and continue to inform the sex stratification debate in productive ways. In this post and those that follow, surveying a variety of these contributions, I will argue, not only that a feminism which is philosophically realist and materialist in orientation can provide the foundation for a robust theory of something like sex class, but that poststructuralism actively undermines the formation of a collective self-consciousness among women.

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Warning: possible TMI for some, if the Pat Califia mention didn’t give it away.

But this is very relevant to transgenderism and one of its core assumptions, which is that one can individually role-play away socially constructed hierarchies.