Beatrix Campbell of course.
End of Equality argues that there is a new global settlement: neoliberal neopatriarchy. This is an ugly term for an ugly relationship. Neoliberalisation is the subordination of the social state to the market, and neopatriarchy tolerates girls being astronauts or bankers, but resists genuine reform of the sexual division of labour. It helps to be clear about what this new sexual settlement is not. It is not just a backlash, or a relic of olden times. It is not the temporary brutality of globalisation, or the collateral damage of austerity. It is an epochal enemy of feminism because it is a repudiation of the social solidarities and welfare states without which feminist agendas wither.
Yup, all the fault of us neoliberals. That market, which cares not one whit which set of genitalia you have, nor how you deploy it, is the enemy of feminism.
Neoliberal neopatriarchy is shaping the world. Before China embraced capitalism in 1979, workers were poor, but pretty much equally so. In 1988, women earned 87% of men’s pay – now they’re down to 67%.
In 1979 the average Chinese wage was around $600 a year. Today it’s around $6,000 a year (constant dollars). This is a bad result is it?