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Gisela McKay

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Are there any merits to the idea that Communism is "feminine"?

Evolving out of another TED conversation where the discussion turned toward the idea that women mostly want people to "share" whereas men mostly want to watch people get defeated, in a manner where there is a clear victor. (Technically, the phrasing was that most women are secretly communists.)

Now if you know me, you probably realize I don't actually agree with the premise, but it is an interesting topic of discussion. First off, I would replace communism with socialism, followed by pointing out that there is a greater range of difference within a sex than between them.

I'm willing to be swayed, though, if you have a persuasive argument that supports the idea, please feel free to share it.

I am going to ask the mods to let this thread stand as a thought experiment rather than as a definitive description of the world around us.

So, go for it - persuade away!

EDIT: Definitely communism in theory, not in the way we have seen it implemented.


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    Feb 9 2012: Communism originates in the XIXth century, a century where societies were still patriarchal and elitist therefore, personally, I don't see any feminine influence to it.

    Communism started as the struggle of lower classes...Communism called upon those people to rise and overthrow the status quo, the nobles, the aristocracy and so on. Communism did not mean "let's share what we, the adepts, have" but instead meant "let's overthrow the upper classes, share their wealth and make everyone equal".

    I'm not talking the about the way it was implemented here, I'm talking about the way it was thought. The idea itself was radical...I don't think it gets manlier than that.

    Oh and by the way, in communism YOU don't own anything, the STATE does, so there's really nothing to share...

    Also communism starts from the false presumption that we are all equal. We are born anatomically different therefore we have different needs, different needs require different treatments, different treatments generate different outcomes and so on...

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