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SDS ( From p.7)
of women because they hold dominant positions over women and because
they help to perpetuate that dominance. They argued that "secondary" contradictions
are often those most sharply felt by people and that to organize
around felt oppression contributes to the general class struggle.
course of the debate, many non-PL women decided that the term "male
supremacy" was better than "male chauvinism"-since
the latter term merely indicates a mental attitude. "Male supremacy" indicates
that men are actually in a superior position in a society which
oppresses women in every facet of their lives.
creation of new socialist forms. Both women received standing ovations from the audience. It didn't seem, for the most part, that the enthusiastic response to the proposal was patronizing. It was obvious that the women were not saying, "Listen to us or we'll quit SDS and not fuck you anymore". What we did say was "you must listen to us if you advocate a truly socialist revolution. " It was unfortunate that the women's debate had to be held in the context of the PL-anti PL struggle. But I think it is significant that the proposal was debated seriously by the entire body and that it passed. What remains now is to see if the proposal will be implemented on that same level of seriousness. ##