American Communism and the Rise of Feminism

July 26, 2009

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"Rape is an expression of ... male supremacy ... the age-old economic, political and cultural exploitation of women by men."

Does this sound like a modern radical feminist? Guess again. It is from a American Communist Party pamphlet from 1948 entitled "Woman Against Myth"by Mary Inman.

In a 2002 book, Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation, feminist historian Kate Weigand states: "ideas, activists and traditions that emanated from the Communist movement of the forties and fifties continued to shape the direction of the new women's movement of the 1960s and later."(154)

In fact, Weigand, a lecturer at Smith College, shows that modern feminism is a direct outgrowth of American Communism. There is nothing that feminists said or did in the 1960's-1980's that wasn't prefigured in the CPUSA of the 1940's and 1950's. Many second-wave feminist leaders were "red diaper babies," the children of Communists.

Communists pioneered the political and cultural analysis of woman's oppression. They originated "women's studies," and advocated public daycare, birth control, abortion and even children's rights. They forged key feminist concepts such as "the personal is the political" and techniques such as "consciousness raising."

In the late 1940's, CPUSA leaders realized that the labor movement was becoming increasingly hostile to Communism. They began to focus on women and African Americans. They hoped "male supremacy" would "bring more women into the organization and into the fight against the domestic policies of the Cold War." (80)

Communist women who made up 40% of the party wanted more freedom to attend party meetings. After the publication of "Women Against Myth" in 1948, the CPUSA initiated a process of "re-educating" men that we recognize only too well today.

For example, in the party newspaper "The Daily Worker" a photo caption of a man with a young child read, "Families are stronger and happier if the father knows how to fix the cereal, tie the bibs and take care of the youngsters." (127)

The Party ordered men who didn't take the woman question seriously to complete "control tasks involving study on the woman question." In 1954 the Los Angeles branch disciplined men for "hogging discussion at club meetings, bypassing women comrades in leadership and making sex jokes degrading to women." (94)

A film Salt of the Earth, which critic Pauline Kael called "Communist propaganda", portrayed women taking a decisive role in their husbands' labor strike. "Against her husband's wishes, Esperanza became a leader in the strike and for the first time forged a role for herself outside of her household... [her] political successes persuaded Ramon to accept a new model of family life." (132) Portrayals of strong assertive successful women became as common in the Communist press and schools, as they are in the mass media today.

Communist women formalized a sophisticated Marxist analysis of the "woman question." The books In Women's Defense (1940) by Mary Inman, Century of Struggle (1954) by Eleanor Flexner and The Unfinished Revolution (1962) by Eve Merriam recorded women's oppression and decried sexism in mass culture and language. For example, Mary Inman argued that "manufactured femininity" and "overemphasis on beauty" keeps women in subjection (33).

The founder of modern feminism, Betty Frieden relied on these texts when she wrote The Feminine Mystique (1963). These women all hid the fact that they were long-time Communist activists. In the 1960, their daughters had everything they needed, including the example of subterfuge, to start the Women's Liberation Movement.


Feminism's roots in Marxist Communism explain a great deal about this curious but dangerous movement. It explains:

  • Why the " woman's movement" hates femininity and imposes a political-economic concept like "equality" on a personal, biological and mystical relationship.

  • Why the "women's movement" also embraces equality of race and class.

  • Why they want revolution ("transformation") and have a messianic vision of a gender-less utopia.

  • Why they believe human nature is infinitely malleable and can be shaped by indoctrination and coercion.

  • Why they engage in endless, mind-numbing theorizing, doctrinal disputes and factionalism.

  • Why truth for them is a "social construct" defined by whomever has power, and appearances are more important than reality.

  • Why they reject God, nature and scientific evidence in favour of their political agenda.

  • Why they refuse to debate, don't believe in free speech, and suppress dissenting views.

  • Why they behave like a quasi-religious cult, or like the Red Guard.

It is hard to escape the conclusion that feminism is Communism by another name. Communism is designed to give power to the puppets of central bankers by fostering division and conflict. Divide and Conquer. Having failed to peddle class and race war, Communism promoted gender conflict instead. In each case they fostered a sense of grievance in the target group. Now the traditional feminine role "oppressed" women.

The "diversity" and "multicultural" movements represent Communism's attempt to empower and use other minorities, gays and "people of color," to further undermine the majority (European, Christian) culture. Thus, the original CPUSA trio of "race, gender and class" is very much intact but class conflict was never a big seller.

The term "politically correct" originated in the Russian Communist Party in the 1920's. Its usage in America today illustrates the extent society has been subverted. Feminist activists are mostly Communist dupes. The Communist goal is to destroy Western Civilization and establish a veiled dictatorship called "world government" run by the toadies of the central bankers.

We have seen this destruction in the dismantling of the liberal arts curriculum and tradition of free speech and inquiry at our universities. We have seen this virus spread to government, business, the media and the military. This could only happen because the financial elite in fact sponsors Communism.

In Communism, government is the ultimate monopoly. It controls everything, not just wealth but also power and thought. It is the instrument of monopoly capital (i.e. Rothschild, Rockefeller.) Everybody from the President on down works for them.


"Political correctness" has dulled and regimented our cultural life. In 2002, here in Winnipeg, Betty Granger, a conservative school trustee referred to house price increases in Vancouver caused by "the Asian invasion." Granger was pilloried mercilessly in the press. People sent hate letters and dumped garbage on her lawn.

At a meeting, the School Board Chairman acknowledged that Granger is not a racist. He acknowledged that Asians actually have married into her family. Nonetheless, Granger was censured because, and I quote, "appearances are more important than reality." This slippage from the mooring of objective truth is the hallmark of Communism.

The atmosphere at the meeting was charged. Mild mannered Canadians, all champions of "tolerance," behaved like wild dogs eager to rip apart a wounded rabbit. Betty Granger repented and voted in favor of her own censure.

These rituals of denunciation and contrition, typical of Stalinist Russia or Maoist China, are becoming more common in America. They are like show trials designed to frighten people into conforming. We have "diversity officers" and "human rights commissions" and "sensitivity training" to uphold feminist shibboleths. They talk about "discrimination" but they freely discriminate against Christians, white heterosexual men and traditional women. They use the spectre of "sexual harassment" to fetter male-female relations and purge their opponents.


redfem.gifIn 1980, three women in Leningrad produced 10 typewritten copies of a feminist magazine called Almanac. The KGB shut down the magazine and deported the women to West Germany. In the USSR, feminism has largely been for export. According to Professor Weigand, her "book provides evidence to support the belief that at least some Communists regarded the subversion of the gender system [in America] as an integral part of the larger fight to overturn capitalism."(6)

In conclusion, the feminist pursuit of "equal rights" is a mask for an invidious Communist agenda. The Communist MO has always been deception, infiltration and subversion using social justice issues as a pretext. Communism can take any form that empowers the puppets of the central bankers. The goal is the destruction of Western civilization and creation of a new world order run by monopoly capital. This has largely been accomplished.

Kate Weigand's Red Feminism demonstrates that the Communist agenda is alive and well and living under an assumed name.

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Comments for "American Communism and the Rise of Feminism"

g said (July 28, 2009):

I am not a Communist.


Dear G,

No, you are the victim of Illuminati social engineering.


Robert said (July 27, 2009):

Just another aspect of dialectics; i.e., "progress" through the resolution of concocted conflict. This is fundamental to Marxist theory.

Bobbi said (July 27, 2009):

Regarding, American Communism and the Rise of Feminism:

I don't think your article is fair. Neither do I think Peter's response is fair. It is not fair to always place the blame on women as it always takes two. One is never always a saint or always completely evil in how one treats others in relationships. Your article is one-sided and needs to incorporate the other side of the question. Of course, I will admit that most of what you say is true, but what needs to be said is that the justice system was once heavily one-sided against the women much worse than it is levied against the men today.

For examples of injustices, just read "The Declaration of Sentiments" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton written in 1848. If you really want to bring together men and women in relationships, you must acknowledge these things. Otherwise, you are only going to cause more separation. Just consider Peter's indifference, and he is a mild example. Some men even are much more put off by the way things are currently as to take it out on the women themselves and thus defeating your purpose.



A distinction has to be made between legitimate grievances men or women have and the fact that they are being exploited by the central bankers to destroy us: Divide and Conquer. We can deal with legitimate grievances after we deal with the greater evil.


Peter said (July 27, 2009):

over the last 20 months I have endeavoured to engage women in discussion as to the abuse suffered by men in Family Court at the behest of women who are programmed by the Illuminati and the corrupt FC. In offer of discussion I have been abused, which is fine. Women seem to be completely oblivious of the effects of feminism in Russia. They might want to find out.

Now that the 'pandemic' has started and the tami-flu is being handed out like sweets at halloween women are soon going to be visited the 'fruits of their labour' in abusing men in FC and not supporting good men. Whatever is in the tami-flu vaccine it is not going to be good. It is brought to us by Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld was also instrumental in bringing aspartame (nutrasweet) to the market. Aspartame causes illness and death in women in far greater number than men because women are smaller and tend to be more weight conscious and consume more products with aspartame in it. The men who are giving you 'children and money' with one hand in the FC are killing you slowly with poisons on the other hand. Not good 'protectors' to have.

Ladies may wish to note that in the US drug companies have been given immunity from prosecution should anyone die or have an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Many people believe that the tami-flu vaccine or other vaccines that people are being stampeded into taking will be bad for them. Those women who abused their men and got rid of them preferring to have the state as 'protector and provider' seem not to realise that governments killed more people than any other non-natural cause last century. (This is especially true if you realise that cancers were injected into our society through the vaccination programs by damaging our immune systems. Ladies, where do you think breast cancer came from?)

Western ladies have done little but throw abuse in my direction for the last 20 months. Eastern ladies have been kind, caring and supportive of me, a marked contrast. As you ladies line up for your tami-flu, as you single mothers give your kids their tami-flu shots, you might want to wonder if the government is the protector and provider that you wish to bind yourself to rather than a good husband. If you think your government cares about you in the same way a good husband does I am sad for you.

Maybe you ladies might want to start telling all your friends that 'feminism' was invented by the banksters to destroy our society and has nothing to do with 'equal rights'? Maybe you want to start learning about how Baxter international just tried to ship 72 kilograms of bird flu infected human flu vaccine to 18 different countries and got caught. And maybe you want to start wondering if this swine flu is not more of the same? It is your life and the lives of your women friends and children at stake. For my own part, given my unjustified treatment, I am indifferent to the fate of western women. There are plenty from the east to replace you. They have seen feminism before and they don't like it one bit.

Thanks Peter- Sounds like their "divide and conquer" strategy is working.


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at