. . . But only the revolutionary movement, as it becomes stronger, will provide the real solutions. That is why the feminism of today, especially when it is called the new feminism, has an obsolete, out-of-date sound to it, which takes us back a century, and cannot give a true orientation to women's struggle.
Where, in fact, are we? Today, the objective conditions have changed as much on the national level as on the international level. In France there is the possibility of a new democratic government that might be followed by socialism. There is an influential Communist party which for a long time has considered the problem of women's situation as an important national question that must be dealt with, and it acts accordingly. Unions, especially the [Communist] C.G.T. (Confédération Générale du Travail), also consider that the defense of women's interests is indispensable to the success and unity of the working class. And women play a particularly important role in these organizations. The workers' movement supports women's interests. Is there need for another stimulus? Where could a better one be found than in the workers' movement itself? We must remember that 30 percent of the Communist party, for example, is made up of women. How could we possibly not listen to women when we have such antennae? We've come a long way since the nineteenth century!
The proposals of the French Communist party answer the essential aspirations of women. Millions of women no longer look for the causes of the inequalities that have made them victims. How could one substitute for that, or even try to establish a parallel opposition between men and women which would evade the social question? But since so many wrong reasons and remedies are given for inequality, why is it astonishing that the first violent reaction of women with problems is to blame men, even those who are scarcely better off than the women?
From "Une grande donnée de notre temps" [A basic fact of our time] in Femmes: quelle libération? [Women: what liberation?] ( Editions Sociales, 1976).
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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: 125.
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