Patriarchy & Capitalism
Denise Comanne, a prominent French feminist/activist wrote, “The oppression of women is very ancient: it existed before capitalism, which is also a system of oppression, but one that is more global in nature. Patriarchy can be defined in simple terms as the oppression and objectification of women by men. In addition to its strictly economic form, this oppression is expressed in many ways, notably through language, kinship relations, stereotypes, religion, and culture. The form oppression takes varies depending on whether you live in the North or the South, or in an urban or rural area. To be a feminist is thus to become aware of this oppression and, having realized that it is a system, to work to destroy it to help bring about the emancipation of women.” Over the centuries women have collectively struggled for their rights. That struggle continues.
Dr. Harriet Fraad is a licensed mental health counselor and hypnotherapist in New York City. She’s been in practice for many years. She received her doctorate degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College and has done postdoctoral work at Yale University Medical School’s Child Study Center.