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[Los Angeles] Marx on Gender and Indigenous Societies: An Open Dialectic for the Future

Speakers: Heather A. Brown and Derek Lewis

We will look at fundamental issues in the relationship of Marxism to Feminism. First, we’ll take up Marx’s Ethnological Notebooks and Engels’s Origin of the Family in relation to the determinist theories that have dominated post-Marx Marxist feminism ever since. We’ll also examine Marx’s early discussion, in 1844, of gender relations as measure of human development, with a particular focus on gender and efforts to establish communism.


Part of an ongoing series: For a Humanist Alternative to Patriarchy and Capitalism: A Class Series in Marxism and Feminism


2221 Barry Ave LA CA 90064, masks required indoors

Enter through back of building featuring Jackie’s Bakery and then go upstairs through the roof deck

Near Bundy stop on E (Expo) Line


Remotely on zoom

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Heather A. Brown has written widely on Marxism, feminism, and ecology and is the author of “Marx on Gender and the Family”


Derek Lewis is a University of California student activist and Marxist-Humanist studying and participating in U.S. labor politics.


Suggested readings:

A) Marx, Engels, and Women’s Oppression – Heather Brown, Marx on Gender and the Family – pp. 146-175 Engels, excerpts from Origin of the Family

B) Excerpts on women from Marx 1844 – Private Property and Communism, pp. 95-97 in Marx, Selected Writings plus Kevin Anderson’s short 2021 essay on Marx on women and communism


Copies of our new edition of Marx’s “Critique of the Gotha Program” (PM Press 2022) will be for sale, along with other Marxist-Humanist literature


Sponsored by Los Angeles Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: [email protected]


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