Alexandra Kollontai

In a number of her written works, Alexandra Kollontai asserts the soviet necessity for ‘free love.’ This is a free love founded on a “singular morality” for both men and women, unlike the male-dominated, capitalistic, love. She advocated a revised view of sexuality that moved away from the “bourgeois dichotomy of gender and assumption.”

If Kollontai was to successfully revise gender in the Soviet Union,the soviet woman’s “double-burden” would not have existed. In Kollontai’s works she advocates a cultural equality between men and women (while also the complete Socialization of child-raising –“The worker-mother must learn not to differentiate between yours and mine; she must remember that there are only our children, the children of Russia’s communist workers.”) which would have balanced home work between the great many mothers and fathers of the Union equally.

Alexandra Kollontai founded the “Women’s Department” in 1919 and also served as the People’s Commissar for Social Welfare. Though she opposed “bourgeois” liberal feminism, many of her works advocate for strong social reform for women in the Union.

For further reading see: http://www.marxists.org/archive/kollonta/

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