Marxism, sexuality and human nature

Recent issues of the International Socialism journal have carried a debate over the role of human nature in sexuality and sexual oppression. The argument arose following articles by Sheila McGregor on Sexuality, Alienation and Capitalism and Marxism and Women’s Oppression Today. These drew responses from Colin Wilson and from Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale that stressed the constructed and ideological dimensions of sexuality.

The latest ISJ carries a reply to Nancy, Jonathan and Colin by John Molyneux who says the notion that sexuality is socially constructed “severs human behaviour from its natural or biological foundations”. John’s article has already sparked critical responses from Louis Bayman and Shanice McBean, among others.

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