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How austerity hurts women

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Underlying the sexism women experience is a structural oppression based on women’s role in the family, exacerbated by austerity, writes Jan Nielsen

The #MeToo campaign has rightly shone a glaring light on the misogyny and discrimination that women experience. Less publicised has been the striking increase in inequality that women are experiencing as a result of austerity, cuts to services and changes to the benefits system.

Recent government statistics show that women will shoulder a startling 85 percent of the burden of the government’s cuts to social security and tax changes by 2020. They also show that women’s incomes are being hit twice as hard as men’s as a result of changes to the tax and benefit system.

What's wrong with Sigmund Freud?

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The pioneer of psychiatry began as an advocate of the oppressed, documenting the effects of trauma on mental health. But he soon switched sides to justify the status quo, writes Susan Rosenthal.

Sigmund Freud was a creative thinker and a prolific writer who continues to shape our views of human behaviour. While academics debate Freud’s ideas in the abstract, with no regard for the consequences, socialists consider everything in its social context. Does Freud’s influence benefit or block the cause of the working class and the progress of humanity?

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