A New York City college is offering a special course for women (and feminist men) who want to learn how the global economy impacts marginalized people, and what to do about it.
Of course, this class isn’t a class on capitalism or the free market, which at last count has lifted more than a billion people out of poverty worldwide, but rather a class on “feminist economics,” which, of course, bears a strikingly close resemblance to simple socialism, with a little gender theory thrown in for good measure.
According to Campus Reform, the New School will offer “feminist economics” as an “international affairs seminar,” where students will learn about “the gender wage gap, how women and men tend to pursue different career paths, the impact of globalization on women, the social reproduction of wealth, and other economics topics.”
Eventually, the class will lead into a more in-depth study of feminist economic systems as “a way of radically reconceptualizing and reorienting the study of economics.”
Perhaps it’s also no surprise that the class will eventually debate an essay entitled “The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism,” and determine that socialism, though not as Karl Marx envisioned it, is the only optimal economic situation for women. The essay, Campus Reform reports, posits that, “[a]s feminist socialists, we must organize a practice which addresses both the struggle against patriarchy and the struggle against capitalism,” and concludes that “men and women share a need to overthrow capitalism.”
The class assumes, of course, that the free choice required by the free market is a “gendered” idea.
The good news is, at least, that the New School has likely been teaching along these lines for decades, so students who take the “feminist economics” seminar have already saddled themselves with thousands in student debt they’ll never be able to pay off knowing they’re getting a totally useless education.