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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism
Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence | Kristen R. Ghodsee
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A spirited, deeply researched exploration of why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work-life balance and, yes, even better sex. In a witty, irreverent op-ed piece that went viral, Kristen Ghodsee argued that women had better sex under socialism. The response was tremendous -- clearly she articulated something many women had sensed for years: the problem is with capitalism, not with us. Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women, and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives. She tackles all aspects of a woman's life - work, parenting, sex and relationships, citizenship, and leadership. In a chapter called "Women: Like Men, But Cheaper," she talks about women in the workplace, discussing everything from the wage gap to harassment and discrimination. In "What To Expect When You're Expecting Exploitation," she addresses motherhood and how "having it all" is impossible under capitalism. Women are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women's march to the long-overdue public outcry against sexual harassment. Interest in socialism is also on the rise - whether it's the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America. It's become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn't working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward.
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charl08
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Fascinating look at the experience of women under socialism. Written in a straightforward, accessible manner, if you've ever wondered if there's a better way than banks going bust, young people working for free and health care for all being seen as a "bad thing" this is an insightful read. Lots of follow up recommendations too, so my TBR list has gone mad.

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charl08
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Just, can't, even...

Birdsong28 🙅🤦🙆📚📖 6mo
Theaelizabet She‘s just an idiot who feeds off the outrage machine, isn‘t she? 6mo
charl08 @Birdsong28 @Theaelizabet I'd not realised there was a whole #repeal19th movement, all a bit grim. 6mo
stacybmartin She‘s a clown. 🤡 6mo
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charl08
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Well done Charles.

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ElectricKatyLand
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Recommended for any feminists in your life interested in how policies, systems, and culture in 'the West' disadvantage women. May be too strong for someone just beginning to explore the topic, but Ghodsee writes clearly and powerfully about structural sexism. Women can do better than our current lot.

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charl08
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New one for me!

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charl08
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"...it is easier for many of us to imagine the end of the world than it is for us to imagine the end of capitalism."

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Punkinpants123
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This book is so fascinating! A quick read chalked full of great information

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Nebklvr
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This book was quite interesting and nothing like I was expecting. It really looks at the pros and cons of both capitalism and socialism. The author also makes distinctions between the rights given women under different socialist regimes. No sugar coating things here.

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Truer words never typed.
Whatever your view of socialism, this book is absolutely worth reading. In fact, it‘s a #mustread. It doesn‘t sugar coat he failed communist experiments, but doesn‘t toss out it‘s successes either. And since capitalism is failing the average American, we need to educate ourselves about the possible variations on a society we may end up in.

mrsmarch So it‘s called “Why Women Have Better Sex...” but is that really the crux or is it an attention-grabber? I don‘t care about sex, I care about health care and education. And I can see how that can lead to “better sex”! But if this book is going to blah blah blah on about how I can have better sex, I don‘t need it. 11mo
mrsmarch Sorry if that‘s a harsh take. I‘m just not down with sex at the moment. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
enidkeaner @mrsmarch it‘s an attention getter. Sex is not the crux or point of this book. 11mo
TheBookDream It definitely argues the title point, but it‘s how healthcare/education/equality in jobs/better child care naturally lead to the better sex in the title. Women aren‘t forced to exchange sex for security. @mrsmarch (tag at the end because the tagging system here doesn‘t always work well for me 😬) (edited) 11mo
mrsmarch @enidkeaner @TheBookDream Both excellent points and good to know going in! Thank you! 🥰 11mo
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TheBookDream
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Learning a new game #bookandboardgame

Elma Love that game! 11mo
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Nebklvr
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Ok, so I chose it based on title alone; however, it should be interesting.

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TheBookDream
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B and N is packed, so it‘s back to the floors of my youth. MUCH harder to get on and off then though #24B42019

Laura317 Well THAT‘S an interesting title! 🤔 11mo
TheBookDream @Laura317 it is extremely interesting but I had to put it aside. Not good to read while depressed 11mo
Laura317 @TheBookDream I‘m so sorry that you are going through depression. I understand. Hugs and 🙏🏼 11mo
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charl08
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Hovering over the 'order now' button in Amazon. Why do we have to wait so long for paperbacks?

batsy I want to read this, too! 13mo
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underground_bks
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This is economic and political systems as you‘ve never seen them before, examining how state socialism contributed to women as workers, mothers, sexual beings and how capitalism‘s economic forces act negatively on women. Ghodsee isn‘t a card carrying Communist—she‘s a scholar suggesting we adopt some of the socialist policies that made life better. This is a fascinating, funny study of women under state socialism and American capitalism.

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