New French Feminisms: An Anthology

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Arlette Laguiller

Aubenas:1 During your electoral campaign you concentrated both on the class struggle and on women's liberation.

Laguiller: Yes. As long as there is a class struggle, there will be women's oppression but also, and independently from this class oppression, there is women's oppression. In my campaign I addressed myself to women in general. Marxists think that there is contempt for and oppression of women at every level of society. It's not by accident that bourgeois women become the first feminists: they are slaves in gilded cages. As for the workers, they suffer more from their boss than from their husband, from not having enough money to support their family more than from washing the dishes alone. The struggle for their liberation as women, however, is also easier for women who work: when you begin to struggle against the boss, this automatically becomes the road that brings you to struggle for sexual equality. You gain confidence; like a man you are able to defend your comrades at work. In the militant consciousness it is by struggling on the level of class that you rid yourself of a whole lot of prejudices.

As long as we are not in a socialist society, the problem of women will subsist. In the USSR the great momentum of the October Revolution was brought to a standstill by economic difficulties and since they couldn't give women the means to liberate themselves from familial and domestic tasks they once again started to glorify the family and the eternal feminine. They justified it from a theoretical point of view but they should have said that it was a step backwards for the revolution

From an interview by Jacqueline Aubenas in Les Cahiers du GRIF, March 1975. Les Cahiers du GRIF is a Belgian feminist review. Each issue contains articles and a bibliography organized around a specific topic. There are also book reviews and summaries of important feminist events.

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Jacqueline Aubenas, co-editor of the review with Françoise Colin, is writing a book in collaboration with M.-A. Macciocchi entitled Lutte des femmes [Women's struggle]. -- Ed.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Why This Book? ix
  • Introductions 1
  • Annie Leclerc 79
  • Claudine Herrmann 87
  • Hélène Cixous 90
  • Luce Irigaray 99
  • Warnings 115
  • Antoinette Fouque 117
  • Denise Le Dantec 119
  • Maria-Antonietta Macciocchi 120
  • Arlette Laguiller 121
  • Madeleine Vincent 125
  • Catherine Clément 130
  • Julia Kristeva 137
  • Simone De Beauvoir 142
  • Creations 159
  • Xavière Gauthier 161
  • Julia Kristeva 165
  • Claudine Herrmann 168
  • Marguerite Duras 174
  • Chantal Chawaf 177
  • Madeleine Gagnon 179
  • Viviane Forrester 181
  • Christiane Rochefort 183
  • Research on Women 211
  • Variations on Common Themes 212
  • Utopias 231
  • Simone De Beauvoir 233
  • Françoise Parturier 234
  • Françoise D'Eaubonne 236
  • Annie Leclerc 237
  • Marguerite Duras 238
  • Maria-Antonietta Macciocchi 239
  • Julia Kristeva 240
  • Julia Kristeva 241
  • Monique Wittig 242
  • Suzanne Horer Jeanne Socquet 243
  • Hélène Cixous 245
  • Index 271
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