Special Issue on Feminism and Capitalism

An appeal for papers to an economics journal that I thought might be of interest to some of you out there, brought to your attention as a public service information announcement. This was the covering note:

Dear colleagues,

might be you are interested in this call for papers for a Special Issue on Feminism and Capitalism.

best wishes,

And these were the details.

This is a call for innovative theoretical, empirical, and creative submissions about feminism and twenty-first-century capitalism. Our call is spurred by phenomena such as the millions of people displaced and relegated to invisibility as “surplus populations,” increasing debt and income inequality, rising corporate profits, persistent agrarian crises, planetary urbanization, labor precarity and informality, and climate change.

We acknowledge the recent resurgence of feminist engagements with capitalism—on the crises of care and social reproduction, on immaterial labor and work, and on the Anthropocene and environmental destruction, for instance. New feminist interventions on the intimate, poetic, and generative lifeworlds that articulate creative responses to capitalism give us glimmers of hope.

We invite scholarship on feminism, capitalism, and anti-capitalism through a wide range of angles such as social reproduction, pinkwashing, corporate feminism and state feminism, neoliberalism, financialization, risk and debt, racial capitalism, bioeconomies, and nonhuman-human relations. We also invite essays that open up feminist thinking to new conversations about capitalism as an emergent social formation through a focus on specific spatiotemporal sites. Lastly, we encourage the submission of essays that grapple with the aporias and contradictions of capitalism such as its technologies of desire, economic (entrepreneurial) aspiration, and the commodification and fetishization of difference.

Contributions based on ongoing academic and activist collaborations, debates, and discussions are welcome. Submissions may range across genres such as empirical and theoretical studies, speculative conceptual essays, review essays, art essays, poetry, fiction, and news-based commentaries.

Deadline: September 1, 2019

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34 Responses to Special Issue on Feminism and Capitalism

  1. stackja

    Margaret Thatcher is quoted as saying a housewife knows how to run a home. What else do feminist need to know?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    We invite scholarship on feminism, capitalism, and anti-capitalism through a wide range of angles such as social reproduction, pinkwashing, corporate feminism and state feminism, neoliberalism, financialization, risk and debt, racial capitalism, bioeconomies, and nonhuman-human relations.

    Now that’s a fruity mix indeed.
    Is pinkwashing what you’ve done when you spill your pink champagne down your cleavage?

  3. Rafe Champion

    Nice to see they are looking for poetry and fiction too.

  4. RobK

    Word-salad winner of the week. Just in time for the Mardis Gras.

  5. Are they looking for story lines for an ABC comedy show?

  6. Empire 5:5

    On average, blokes with flash cars and bags of rack, get more blow jobs.

    Let’s not over complicate this.

  7. areff

    This a job for Alene Composta!

  8. duncanm

    I hope you responded “how about you fuck off”?

  9. Just send them this link. It’ll make more sense than what they write.

  10. Chris

    Can we prepare a response based on search-and replace in chapter 6 of Thus Spake Zarathustra?

    A few years ago had people who could make a strong case for equity in treatment of humans in the mold of the Declaration of Independence and JS Mill, and I 100% supported such a view.

    Now I regard it as an unmerited claim for others’ resources, driven by the basic drive to status competition among women, become hypertrophic to the point of absurdity. Feminism is now like tailfins on a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado. It is indeed an el Dorado of unearned gold.

  11. Gerard

    I wonder if they accept any entries written from a conservative perspective.

  12. mem

    Unfortunately the source of this invitation is not provided. I would dearly like to submit a paper. I think I might qualify. And I would be glad to provide cats with feedback on my quest.

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Good luck with that, Min. My paper would be on how to get away from tired old university tropes and find a far more interesting and productive way to exercise your female brain. Rejected immediately of course.

  14. max

    Of all the corrosive, nonsensical and damaging movements that have come and gone in American society, none has caused more damage than feminism.

    It goes without saying that no country can be strong without strong families, and feminism directly attacked the very concept of families. It urged young women to slut around. If men are promiscuous, why shouldn’t you be? That alone shows the degree of stupidity that is characteristic of the feminist movement. That’s why the feminists bear responsibility for the plight of so many single mothers.
    Rules that conform to nature produce positive results. Rules that conflict with nature produce bad results. Through the centuries, Western Civilization developed some rules that took into account the natural differences between men and women. The male is by nature promiscuous. Sex to the male is like eating a good meal — an enjoyable experience but one you can get up and walk away from without any thought. The woman, designed by nature to be a mother and susceptible to becoming pregnant, invests much more emotion in it.
    So society, to protect women, develops rules to discourage promiscuity by both sexes. Even in my day, the rule was iron-tight. If you got a girl pregnant, you married her. No debate. No excuses. If you abandoned her and the baby, you were a worthless, lowdown dog. There were also social penalties against the girl who slept around. These rules weren’t 100 percent effective, but they definitely put a restraint on the libido. There were far fewer teen pregnancies and single moms than there are now.
    But the feminists dismantled these rules. Women are just like men, they said. You pick your own guys to sleep with and walk away when you’re finished. Sex is for recreation. Well, anybody but a stupid feminist would have realized that the group that welcomed that message the most was the males. When females started saying, “Let’s have sex with no obligations,” the male said, “You betcha.”


  15. max

    the female militants claim that marriage is a diabolical institution by which husbands enslave their wives and force them to rear children and do housework. But let us consider: in the great majority of the cases, who is it that insists on marriage, the man or the woman? Everyone knows the answer. And if this great desire for marriage is the result of male brainwashing, as the Women’s Libs contend, then how is it that so many men resist marriage, resist this prospect of their lifelong seat upon the throne of domestic “tyranny”?

    Indeed, as capitalism has immensely lightened the burden of housework through improved technology, many wives have increasingly constituted a kept leisure class. In the middle class neighborhood in which I live, I see them, these “oppressed” and hard-faced viragos, strutting down the street in their mink stoles to the next bridge or mah-jongg game, while their husbands are working themselves into an early coronary down in the garment district to support their helpmeets.


  16. max

    Everyone has his favorite survivalist novel, I suppose. My favorite is Lucifer’s Hammer, written by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven.
    That book tells the story of a comet that breaks apart and hits the earth, causing huge tsunamis and other devastations. Western civilization as we know it disappears within hours. The division of labor contracts. Rising oceans overwhelm coastal areas. All in all, it is a great survivalist novel. In it, we read one of the greatest single sentence critiques of feminism ever written: “The feminist movement died one milli-second after the first impact.”

  17. Overburdened

    (Sung to tribal drumming and interpretive dance)
    Cry for Gaia because of people with dicks
    Except for a homo friends who donate when we want kids
    Only women know what’s best
    Put women to the test
    Let women run everything
    Let women run everything

  18. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    You had me at pink washing

  19. John A

    Rafe Champion #2948613, posted on March 2, 2019, at 7:46 pm

    Nice to see they are looking for poetry and fiction too.

    I thought that was unnecessary redundancy, brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department…

  20. Faye

    Deadline: September 1, 2019
    If you ask me, every line is a dead line.
    Feminists are bores.

  21. Mal Thomas

    A friend on mine recently attended a Gender Economics Workshop at RMIT in Melbourne, keen to see whether the nonsense that passes for research in the gender studies field would be tempered by the fact that the papers where written by feminist (or at least female) economists. My friend was heartenned that many of the papers were reasonably sensible, even if sometimes not very insightful, but in the plenary sessions and presentations by non-economists – including the heads of the Office for the Status of Women and Diversity Australia – rigour again made way for zeal and ideology, with the speakers apparantly oblivious to the obvious (to an economist) problems with simplistic interpretations of statistics on gender pay gaps and the like. The all-at-sea performance of senior staff on the Gender Workplace Equality Agency, when questioned by Senator Lleyonhelm in Estimates, illustrate some of the problems with the clique.

  22. JohnL

    We acknowledge the recent resurgence of feminist engagements with capitalism

    Feminist engagements with capitalism are not so recent – they always liked the “sugar daddy”.

  23. Nob

    Office for the Status of Women and Diversity Australia

    How much do these parasites and their parasite minions get paid?

    Don’t just tell me, “too much”.

  24. JohnL

    Status of Women and Diversity Australia???????
    You would really have to have something funny in your bong to concoct something like that!!!!!!!

  25. Old Irrelevant me

    Well, I read it. It faintly reminds me of that phrase, ” A mad woman’s breakfast”
    Having said that, I gather women spend more than men, ergo Feminists spend more than men.
    When marketing focus’s on that, Capitalism is aligned with them.
    What they get in response to their request, would be fodder for centuries. If ever understood.

  26. My favorite is Lucifer’s Hammer, written by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven.

    Larry Niven wrote a short story much earlier (1971) called ‘Inconstant Moon’ that depicted a similar scenario. But in this case the sun has emitted an enormous solar flare and destroyed one side of the Earth and thus begins a quest for survival in a world without much technology.

    Maybe this foretold Australia in the age of renewable energy.

  27. Blair

    “We invite scholarship on …. nonhuman-human relations.”
    Do dog owners buy more pet food when the price falls?

  28. Eyrie

    IIRC in “Inconstant Moon” it was the Euroweenies who got wiped out. Now there’s an idea.

  29. Percy Popinjay

    Nice to see they are looking for poetry

    Sweet. I have informed my Vogon friends.

  30. Philby

    Let women run everything

    I think you left the i out of run

  31. Max;

    Everyone has his favorite survivalist novel, I suppose. My favorite is Lucifer’s Hammer, written by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven.

    Fabulous book.
    Great team, Niven and Pournelle.
    You will, of course, have read the Mote series.

  32. iain russell

    Empire 5:5, you’ve got it. I learned that lesson when I was an impoverished first year uni student (but a rugby stud) and the light of my life was stolen from me by a MEng student, a Malaysian-Chinese in his mid-twenties. His lure was a Porsche. Now, irony on irony we all remain good friends, especially after the following: I was lined up for emergency tucker in 1980 at Taipei Airport. Torrential rains around Asia had destroyed airline schedules. The Malaysian chap next to me heard my Australian accent as I spoke Chinese and asked in English where I hailed from in Oz. ‘Newcastle’ quoth I. ‘Oh, do you know my cousin….’!! I kid you not, same chap.

  33. iain russell

    What amazes me about post-numpty capitalism is the gender pay gap. I am not the first to point this out, but if there are all these qualified women out there being paid 15-20% less, then why are any men employed at all?

  34. John Stankevicius

    Hi iain – I left a post for you on the cardinal Pell article – have gone back and replied.

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