What’s love got to do with it? Everything. Emotion is a key element of capitalist reproduction: women are expected to undertake massive amounts of unpaid care work in the name of love, the mantras of ‘self-love’ are used to sell lotions and potions, and companies claim to be a ‘family’ to obscure the inherently antagonistic relation between bosses and employees.
But, if we can harness the liberatory possibilities of love we can build a feminist, anti-racist, socialist movement that challenges the carceral state, the destruction of our environment, and the exploitation of the working-class.
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For those who are lucky, families can be filled with love and care, but for many they are sites of pain: nobody is more likely to harm you than your family. Even in so-called happy families, the unpaid, unacknowledged work that it takes to raise children and care for each other is endless and exhausting. What if we could do better?
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Politics exists in the mess of life. Sex does too, and so must sexual politics, to make any sense at all. These books consider the creation of the homosexual identity, the prevailing assumptions around women’s desire, the way in which sexuality has become fatally intertwined with the making of race, and more!
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Maintaining our relationships is valuable for supporting our own political work, and that of our comrades. When we organise together and in solidarity with one another, another world is possible. As the feminist art collective LASTESIS state in their manifesto, ‘the cops don’t keep me safe, my friends keep me safe’.
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