The choice which radical feminists defend is substantive. We ask what is the actual content or meaning of a choice which grows out of a context of powerlessness. Do such choices as surrogacy foster the empowerment of women as a class and create a better world for women? What kind of choices do women have when subordination, poverty, and degrading work are the options available ‘to most’? The point is not to deny that women are capable of choosing within contexts of powerlessness, but to question how much real power these "choices" have. To paraphrase Marx and apply his words here, women make their own choices, but they often do not make them just as they please. They do not make them under conditions they create but under conditions and constraints that they are often powerless to change. When Marx uttered these thoughts, he was acclaimed for his political insight. When radical feminists say the same, they are blamed for being condescending to women.
Janice G. Raymond - “Sexual and Reproductive Liberalism”
Marxists, please re-discover radical feminism; radfems, please re-discover Historical Materialism.
Off topic: I don’t understand how one can call themselves a radfem or a female-liberationist and ~not~ analyze how capitalism is oppressive to the female sex (and for that matter, how can you ~not~ take racism/white-supremacy into account as that also oppresses women). Does not compute. Female liberatory praxis must incorporate Marxism and combat capitalism just as we combat the Heteropatriarchy/male-supremacist hegemony and white/Western-supremacy.