Essays and speeches from 1889-1933, long unavailable in the U.S., on women's equality, labor, peace, socialism.
This 2015 pamphlet, 'Feminism Illustrated', combines the translations of a 1974 article written for 'Le Fléau Social' ['The Social Plague'], and a 2015 interview, both signed 'Constance Chatterley', an alias Gilles Dauvé used for that French magazine in 1974. Nearly all 'Fléau Social' articles were signed under fanciful aliases.
Fortunati critiques the traditional Marxist category of “productive” labor and examines the effects on the capitalist “reproductive” roles of women’s labor and bodies, with illuminating consequences for the received understanding of society and the modern “nuclear” family.
The modern revolutionary movement must destroy this opposition of pleasure-activity, sensitivity- lucidity, conception-execution, habit-innovation.
All of us has been affected by gender. Men and women, by virtue of their label, are expected to conform to the rigid nature of their identities or else risk hypocrisy. Those of us who reach out, who try and transcend our restrictions are caught in a trap; the pervasiveness of gender has forced us not to ignore the construct, but to define ourselves against it. We have come to a point in history where the next step to gender equality is clear – it must be abolished.