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55 As I said above, in a world that has seen the demise of political Marxism, there is an opportunity to reconsider the contribution of Marx’s philosophical ideas unencumbered by orthodox interpretations, and this is a world desperately in need of a refreshed and revised engagement with Marxism. The question facing us now is whether or not the concepts used within Marxism to make sense of productive activity not only give a partial account of economic exploitation, reification, and alienation, but also occlude oppression that is specific to women.
73 This would mean that the relationships of production (of independent objects for exchange) are not the only—nor perhaps the main—source and origin of oppression or social conflict. 74 But to extend the meaning of oppression in this way requires it to be reformulated. Second, as discussed above, the distinction between labor and labor-power attunes us to the transformational character of productive activity. As we engage with the world, self and world are changed. The attentive and creative investment required to transform use-values into exchange-values exceeds the scope of wage labor.
This is then parcelled out according to hours in the day. This relationship between labor and value obscures the origin of surplus-value, explains why those who work the longest hours are the most exploited, why there can be no such thing as “fair day’s work for a day’s pay,” and why the relationship between employee and capitalist is not one of a labor contract freely entered. ”29 While the example of the wage-form may not be entirely convincing (it certainly seems as “true” an appearance as price), the distinction between true and false appearance is fruitful for feminist epistemology.