Looking Backwards: A Feminist Revisits Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization

  title={Looking Backwards: A Feminist Revisits Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization},
  author={Nancy J. Holland},
  pages={65 - 78}
  • N. Holland
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Psychology
  • Hypatia
This paper reconsiders Marcuse's Eros and Civilization from the perspective of Gayle Rubin's classic article “The Traffic in Women.” The primary goals of this comparison are to investigate the social and psychological mechanisms that perpetuate the archaic sex/gender system Rubin describes under current conditions of post-industrial capitalism; to open possible new avenues of analysis and liberatory praxis based on these authors’ applications of Marxist insights to cultural interpretations of… 
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