CIA-sponsored feminism suppressed the class understanding of women’s emancipation, replacing it with identity politics – the right for women to exploit and be exploited
Renowned feminist, activist, author, and psychotherapist Harriet Fraad comes on the Barricades to discuss matters related to a very dark chapter in the history of feminism and civic movements. For feminists in Eastern Europe, it may come as a surprise that Gloria Steinem, a diva, feminist icon, and founder of one of the most influential publications, Ms. Magazine, was a CIA operative. Although this was documented by the radical feminist collective as early as 1975, Ms. Magazine continues to publish viral articles read by a vast audience.
In contrast, Redstockings.org, the collective that first published an extensive piece on Steinem’s collaboration with the CIA, remains unknown to the public. Harriet Fraad, according to her own words, is one of the founding mothers of the Women’s Liberation Movements. She also hosts an exciting and popular podcast, Capitalism Hits Home, where she analyzes our current economic system’s effects on our lives. She discuss with the Barricade her involvement in these civic movements and the type of feminism that eventually prevailed and began to dominate Western countries’ intellectual and activist spheres.
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Maria Cernat is a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences (FJSC) (2001) and the Faculty of Philosophy (2004) at the University of Bucharest. She obtained an MA from FJSC in 2002 and in 2008 she got her PhD in Philosophy. She is currently a PhD Lecturer in the Department for Communication and Public Relations at Titu Maiorescu University and at the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, SNSPA. Since 2011 she has published articles on Romanian websites for political debates (CriticAtac, Cealaltă Agendă, România Curată, Gazeta de Artă Politică, etc.).