Sunday, November 23, 2008

The family and the communist state

...The working class government has the aim of supporting every wedded or unwedded mother while she is feeding an infant, to build maternity homes everywhere in cities and villages, to have creeches and nurseries at every business, to allow women the possibility of combining useful work for the state with the obligations of motherhood...Instead of the previous family, a new form of relationship between men and women is developing, a comradely and loving union of two free, independent, self-supporting equal members of a communist society...Instead of the locked, egotistical family box, there will be a big, universal working family, in which those who work, men and women, will be brothers and comrades above all...

Alexandra Kollontai, Speech at the first All Russian Congress of Women, 1918

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