Engle, E. 2010. “MacKinnon and Marx.”

Engle, Eric. 2010. “MacKinnon and Marx.” Pp. 81-105 in Marxism, Liberalism, and Feminism: Leftist Legal Thought. New Delhi, India: Serials Publications.

“Marx addressed neither gender nor sexual orientation discrimination in his theory of capitalism” (Neascu 2005, as on 82) — as his focus was on exploitation of man by man through commodization (especially that of labor).

“Fucking is a commodity – ‘many work and few gain… some fuck and others get fucked’” (Mackinnon 1982 on 82) — mirroring the purchasable exchanges of sexuality.

“Women are seen by men patriarchy as property {see also Foucault 1982 trans}, by capitalism as labor commodities with rare resources that men, by definition, do not have” (pg 83) … “Patriarchy turns women into objects to be owned and used, capitalism turns them into commodities to be exchanged or kept” (84).

— Atomization, fragmentation, alienation both present in class exploitation and objectification — (this individualization – so celebrated by neoliberalism/postfeminism) – reduces propensity for building solidarity and effectively opposing these processes.


Neascu, Dana. 2005. “The Wrongful Rejection of Big Theory (Marxism) by Feminism and Queer Theory: A Brief Debate.” Capital University Law Review 34(1): 125-151.

MacKinnon, Catharine A. 1982. “Feminism, Marxism, Method, and the State: An Agenda for Theory.” Signs 7(3): 515-544.

Foucault, Michel. 1982. “Sexual Choice, Sexual Act.” In Foucault Live Interviews, 1961-1984. New York: Semiotext(e ). *DNC


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