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The Housewife and Her Labour under Capitalism
The re-emergence of a women’s movement in the late sixties brought with it a flood of radical literature on the oppression of women. The bulk of this writing was descriptive in character. While the portrayal of women’s life-circumstances was often vivid and accurate, the analysis was generally very thin. The immediacy of women’s oppression was seldom penetrated so that its structural roots could be grasped. A partial exception must be made for Marxist analysis of the housewife and her labour under capitalism. In this area, Margaret Benston,  Peggy Morton  and Juliet Mitchell,  to name only three, made valuable investigative contributions. More recently Selma James and Mariarosa dalla Costa  have advanced a thesis on the housewife that has provoked a heated debate among radical women. Serious rejoinders have been levelled against their main argument from several quarters of the women’s movement, particularly from its socialist wing.  All this has served to raise the level of debate on the entire question and confront the workers’ movement with the fact that housewives remain as a massive labouring population in late capitalism completely outside the organizations and struggles of the proletariat.
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- Margaret Coulson, Branka Magas, Hilary Wainwright: 'The Housewife and her Labour under Capitalism'--A Critique
- Jean Gardiner: Women's Domestic Labour
- Fred Halliday, Jon Halliday, Gareth Stedman Jones, Lucien Rey: Communication on Women's Liberation
- Maxine Molyneux: Beyond the Domestic Labour Debate
- Wally Seccombe: Domestic Labour: Reply to Critics