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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
Narrated by: Esther Wane
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Gender Issues
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A spirited, deeply researched exploration of why capitalism is bad for women and how, when done right, socialism leads to economic independence, better labor conditions, better work-life balance, and yes, even better sex.

In a witty, irreverent op-ed piece that went viral, Kristen Ghodsee argued that women had better sex under socialism. The response was tremendous - clearly she articulated something many women had sensed for years: The problem is with capitalism, not with us.

Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. She argues here that unregulated capitalism disproportionately harms women and that we should learn from the past. By rejecting the bad and salvaging the good, we can adapt some socialist ideas to the 21st century and improve our lives.

She tackles all aspects of a woman's life - work, parenting, sex and relationships, citizenship, and leadership. In a chapter called "Women: Like Men, but Cheaper", she talks about women in the workplace, discussing everything from the wage gap to harassment and discrimination. In "What to Expect When You're Expecting Exploitation", she addresses motherhood and how "having it all" is impossible under capitalism.

Women are standing up for themselves like never before, from the increase in the number of women running for office to the women's march to the long-overdue public outcry against sexual harassment. Interest in socialism is also on the rise - whether it's the popularity of Bernie Sanders or the skyrocketing membership numbers of the Democratic Socialists of America. It's become increasingly clear to women that capitalism isn't working for us, and Ghodsee is the informed, lively guide who can show us the way forward.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Kristen R. Ghodsee (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A pointed examination of the Soviet experiment.... Using her years living in Bulgaria as fodder for the narrative, along with decades of research, [Ghodsee] makes the case that there are lessons capitalist countries can and should learn from socialism.... At the same time, the author isn't blind to the failures of socialist regimes.... While the title is the literary version of click-bait, the book is chock-full of hard-hitting real talk." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Reliant on the commodification of everything, capitalism's triumph is a calamity for most women. Their hard slog as mothers and careers can never be remunerated within market societies which, by design, are compelled to commodify their sexuality, robbing them in the process of their autonomy, even of the opportunity to enjoy sex for themselves. Without romanticizing formerly communist regimes, Ghodsee's new book retrieves brilliantly the plight of hundreds of millions of women in those countries as they were being stripped of state support and thrust into brutal, unfettered markets. Employing personal anecdotes, forays into the history of the women's movement and an incisive mind, Ghodsee is enabling us to overcome the unnecessary tension between identity and class politics on the road towards the inclusive, progressive movement for societal change we so desperately need." (Yanis Varoufakis, author of Adults in the Room)

"This book is funny, angry, and urgent - it's going to make readers think very differently about how they work, and how they live. Ghodsee is going to start a revolution. I'm already making a placard." (Daisy Buchanan, author of How to Be a Grown-Up)

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Amazing narration

Esther Wane’s narration really brought this short text alive. The production is crisp and clean, and easy to follow at x1.25 speed. An excellent listen for commuters.

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Phenomally clear call to action for all women and men who care

A must read that will confirm all your feelings about sex and capitalism. I just sent it to my 32 year old daughter who teaches high school.

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Typical socialist manipulation

Distortion of reality, manipulative, skin-deep, intellectually lazy, not balanced in the slightest. Book is a good example of why millennials are going to cause a lot of trouble once in power. Still listen to this book but be listening to the other side of the argument. This AOC type lunacy. Enjoy.

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