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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Publication information: Book title: New French Feminisms:An Anthology. Contributors: Elaine Marks - Editor, Isabelle De Courtivron - Editor. Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press. Place of publication: Amherst, MA. Publication year: 1980. Page number: 121.
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