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A.K. 47 - Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollontai

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Kristen R. Ghodsee reads and discusses 47 selections from the works of Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952), a socialist women's activist who had radical ideas about the intersections of socialism and women's emancipation. Born into aristocratic privilege, the Russian Kollontai was initially a member of the Mensheviks before she joined Lenin and the Bolsheviks and became an important revolutionary figure during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Kollontai was a socialist theorist of women’s emancipation and a strident proponent of sexual relations freed from all economic considerations. After the October Revolution, Kollontai became the Commissar of Social Welfare and helped to found the Zhenotdel (the women's section of the Party). She oversaw a wide variety of legal reforms and public policies to help liberate working women and to create the basis of a new socialist sexual morality. But Russians were not ready for her vision of emancipation, and she was sent away to Norway to serve as the first Russian female ambassador (and only the third female ambassador in the world).In this podcast, Kristen R. Ghodsee – a professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence (Bold Type Books 2018) – selects excerpts from the essays, speeches, and fiction of Alexandra Kollontai and puts them in context. Each episode provides an introduction to the abridged reading with some relevant background on Kollontai and the historical moment in which she was writing.

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A.K. 47 - The Social Basis of the Woman Question Part V
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee's reads the fifth and final part of her selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1909 book, The Social Basis of the Woman Question. This manuscript was written while Alexandra Kolllontai was in exile from Tsarist Russia and affiliated with the German Social Democratic party. This is a key text in the history of socialist feminism, and is seen by many as a foundational document in distinguishing the "bourgeois feminists" from the socialists. In this essay, Kollontai is clearly a social democrat and an advocate for reformist social democratic politics, although by the end of the essay she begins to display a more strident allegiance to the total transformation of society demanded by the socialists.  This is Part V of a multi episode series, and here Ghodsee discusses the problem of "free love" under capitalism. Here Ghodsee discusses the most interesting questions raised in this part of Kollontai's book: whether or not you can build a collective society on the base of individualistic family relations, or whether the socialization of the family should proceed the socialization of the means of production.Mentioned in this essay is the Swedish writer and feminist, Ellen Key. The intro music is a Russian version of The InternationaleMore info about the host can be found at: www.kristenghodsee.comSupport the show
A.K. 47 - The Social Basis of the Woman Question Part IV
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee's reads the fourth part of her selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1909 book, The Social Basis of the Woman Question. This manuscript was written while Alexandra Kolllontai was in exile from Tsarist Russia and affiliated with the German Social Democratic party. This is a key text in the history of socialist feminism, and is seen by many as a foundational document in distinguishing the "bourgeois feminists" from the socialists. In this essay, Kollontai is clearly a social democrat and an advocate for reformist social democratic politics, although by the end of the essay she begins to display a more strident allegiance to the total transformation of society demanded by the socialists.  This is Part IV of a multi episode series, and here Ghodsee discusses the problem of "free love" under capitalism. Basically, Kollontai argues that there can be no real "free love" unless there is a fundamental transformation in the social relations of society. She discusses the sexual harassment and abuse that female employees and domestic workers often face at the hands of their bosses, and how the idea of "free love" can be used to excuse the sexual predations of men in positions of power. But perhaps the most interesting questions raised in this part of the book is whether or not you can build a collective society on the base of individualistic family relations, or whether the socialization of the family should proceed the socialization of the means of production. The intro music is a Russian version of The InternationaleMore info about the host can be found at: www.kristenghodsee.comAlso see: AlexandraKollontai.com Support the show
A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode: The "Adventure" of Motherhood
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee's teenage daughter returns to discuss some recent comments by a Canadian psychology professor who believes that women should embrace the "adventure of motherhood," even if it requires great sacrifice and ends in pain and suffering. This A.K. 47 episode is a relevant reflection on the ongoing reading of Alexandra Kollontai's essay, "The Social Basis of the Woman Question," because Kollontai's specific goals with the essay were to think about how the state could help emancipate women by socializing some of the work of motherhood. Professor Peterson seems to suggest that it is women's "moral obligation" to bring children into the world without any social supports, and that this is part of the adventure of motherhood. This episode was also a lot of fun to record, and includes some tangential silliness. Mentioned in this episode are Natalie Wynn's Contrapoints videos over on Youtube.The intro/outro music is a Russian version of The Internationale.More info about the host can be found at: www.kristenghodsee.comSupport the show
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Jan 2nd, 2019
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Aug 17th, 2019
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