Capitalism and Heterosexism: Butler & Fraser

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Sat Jul 11 15:59:09 PDT 1998

>>> Yoshie Furuhashi writes

Have you guys read the exchange between Judith Butler ("Merely Cultural") and Nancy Fraser ("Heterosexism, Misrecognition and Capitalism: A Response to Judith Butler") in _New Left Review_ (227 + 228) and _Social Text_ (Fall/Winter 1997)?


Drawing on Marx (e.g. _The German Ideology_), Engels (_The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State_), and socialist feminists, Butler argues for an expansive conception of the material that includes reproduction of persons, genders, and the 'heterosexual normative family":

Chas.: In her analysis, does she use Engels' concept of monogamy as the defining characteristic of the "nuclear family" and its predecessors in class based society ? The "family" of _The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State_ is the monogamous family.


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