A Glossary of Terms for Understanding Women’s Exploitation

by Comrade Stella

This glossary was specifically developed as an accompaniment to Comrade Stella’s theoretical contributions, The Super-Exploitation of Women and Developing a Revolutionary Mass Line (Part I) and Women and Super-Exploitation:  An Illustration Through Basic Marxist Economics, which have been put forward to stimulate discussion within and overcome the undertheorization of women’s liberation in our organization and take us towards a correct revolutionary mass line for women’s liberation. However, clearly this glossary has general use beyond the question of women’s liberation.

-R.I. Editorial Note

Base: Economic structure of society equated with the mode of production.

Mode of production: The totality of the forces and the relations of production. The mode of production is the economic base of society “which determines the general character of the social, political, and spiritual (ideological) processes of life” (Marx). Marx stated that … “history exists as a succession of modes of production” from primitive communism to feudalism, to capitalism, and through class struggle, finally to communism. Continue reading “A Glossary of Terms for Understanding Women’s Exploitation”