ROSA’S ETHICAL FEMINISM
Drucilla Cornell - July 2018
By Drucilla Cornell. In this essay, Drucilla Cornell discusses the relevance of Rosa Luxemburg’s socialist feminism for our times. Presented as a keynote address at the annual conference of the International Rosa Luxemburg Society in Chicago earlier this year, Cornell makes the case that Luxemburg’s take on feminism was not just about “gender trouble.” Rather, she situated gendered inequalities within a broader context of imperial and colonial domination and recognized—decades before the framework of intersectionality was first introduced into feminist theory—how gendered, racial, and class exploitation are intrinsically linked. In this text, Cornell argues that if we are to take Luxemburg’s feminism seriously, emancipation and liberation can only be achieved by following a new practice of being human—one that is at once gentle and principled.
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, an internationally operating, progressive non-profit institution for civic education funded by the German federal government. The Foundation’s New York Office opened in fall 2012. It serves two major tasks: to work on issues concerning the United Nations, including collaboration with people and political representatives from the Global South, and to work with U.S. and Canadian......
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