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Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279907.001.0001

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Delphy and Leonard: The Exploitation of Women as Wives

Delphy and Leonard: The Exploitation of Women as Wives

(p.83) 3 Delphy and Leonard: The Exploitation of Women as Wives
Care, Gender, and Justice

Diemut Elisabet Bubeck

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Christine Delphy and Diana Leonard's theory of women's exploitation as wives. It explains the functions of theories and exploitation and some of the problematic issues in the theory of Delphy and Leonard. Unlike other feminists, Delphy and Leonard conceived their theory in explicit contradistinction to the orthodox Marxist claims and arguments of the domestic labour debate. The chapter suggests that Delphy and Leonard's theory may not remain historically valid for a long time because it does not prescribe a model of unequal power structures in the family which is too static and too backward-looking to do justice to a historically dynamic situation.

Keywords:   Christine Delphy, Diana Leonard, exploitation of women, wives, theories, feminism, domestic labour debate

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