Does capitalism lead to the exploitation of women?

No. Capitalism leads to the freedom of all individuals — whether male or female — by banishing the initiation of force from all relationships. Capitalism is the only system that leads to political equality — an equality of rights (as opposed to an egalitarian equality of economic results).

Rights belong to all individuals equally. Under capitalism females have the same and equal political rights as males, since they have in principle an equal mental capacity to reason as males (though physically the average female is weaker). As capitalism is the social system that rewards production, under capitalism a rational woman can easily support herself.

As to wages, in a free market, an individual is paid based on the value of what he/she can offer to others. As an illustration, observe the large number of women, who earn enormous salaries that dwarf those of most men.

Is abortion a right under capitalism?

Under capitalism a women’s right to abortion is inalienable.

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the induced removal of an embryo or fetus (that is incapable of survival outside the body of the woman) which results in the death of the embryo/fetus. The essential political question concerning abortion is: does the fetus have a right to be in the body of a woman against the will of the woman? Or: does a woman’s body belong to her

Abortion is an inalienable right. Abortion is not a violation of any right because there is no such thing as the freedom to live inside (or outside) of another human being as a parasite, i.e., against the will of that person.

This principle applies to both fetuses and adults. As a woman has a right to choose whom she has sex with (as her body is her property), so is it a woman’s right to choose what can and cannot remain inside her body (as her body is her property). As it is evil for someone else to dictate the use of her body by raping her, so it is evil for someone else to dictate the use of her body by forcing her to remain pregnant.

A fetus does not have a right to be in the womb of any woman but is there by her permission. This permission may be revoked by the woman at any time because her womb is part of her body. Permissions are not rights. There is no such thing as the right to live inside the body of another, i.e., there is no right to enslave. Contrary to the opinion of anti-abortion activists (falsely called “pro-lifers” as they are against the right to life of the actual human being, the pregnant women) a woman is not a breeding pig owned by the state (or church). Even if a fetus developed to the point of surviving as an independent being outside the pregnant woman’s womb, the fetus would still not have the right to be inside the woman’s womb.

What applies to a fetus, also applies to a physically dependent adult. If an adult—say a medical welfare recipient—must survive by being connected to someone else, they may only do so by the permission of that person. There is no such thing as the right to live by the efforts of someone else, i.e., there is no such thing as the right to enslave.

As there is no such thing as the right to live inside another, whether the fetus is aborted, because of incest, or rape, or “convenience” does not matter politically—whatever the reason, it is the woman’s inalienable right.

Under capitalism (a social system based on the principle of individual rights) abortion is an inalienable right. Anyone who advocates the outlawing of abortion (especially in the first few months of pregnancy) — is an enemy of individual rights in principle, and thus an enemy of capitalism.

For further reading:

ABORTION RIGHTS ARE PRO-LIFE by Leonard Peikoff
Roe V. Wade Anniversary Still Finds Defense of the Right to Abortion Compromised.

ABORTION: AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT by the Association for Objective Law
Despite Roe v. Wade’s ruling giving women the right to abortion, the Court reached this decision by balancing a woman’s rights against the State’s ‘interests’ in her health and in that of potential life. As long as the right to abortion may be overridden by any ‘state interests,’ however, a woman has no right to do with her body as she sees fit.

ABORTION: A MORAL CHOICE by Dr. Ellen Kenner
If you have had an abortion and are struggling with guilt – I want you to know that there many individuals who would love to help you see that the guilt you are carrying is totally unfounded.

What is feminism?

One’s rights are based on the fact that the individual survives by reason, and the social requirement to use one’s mind is freedom from the initiation of physical force.

Under capitalism, all females have equal rights to males, as they are individuals, i.e., human beings who require the freedom to survive by the use of their minds.

The reason females (individuals with the XX sex chromosome) have equal rights to males (individuals with the XY sex chromosome) is that though women on average are not men’s physical equals; mentally women are equal in their ability to reason with men.

Some of civilization’s greatest intellectual achievements result from women. Examples of such intellectual giants include philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand, scientist Marie Curie, programmer Ada Lovelace, and educational innovator Maria Montessori.

Men and women have a variety of differences, but in their ability to think and reason, they are in principle the same.

One’s gender, race, ancestry, religion, nationality, etc. play no role in recognition of one’s rights.

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The original feminist movement was a “woman’s suffrage” movement to grant equal political rights for all individuals of the female gender (women), i.e., right to vote for women, i.e., equal treatment before the law, etc.

This individualist conception of feminism was (and still is) a worthy goal. i.e., a women’s right to an abortion, etc.

Sadly, many modern-day feminists are that they are basing a woman’s right to life, not on individualism, but on a form of collectivism known as sexism.

These collectivist feminists are not asking for the equal protection of their inalienable rights, but are demanding the state to grant them political privileges based on their sex, at the expense of the rights of others, i.e., a free abortion paid for by taxpayers (a violation of their rights those forced to pay for the abortion), i.e., preferential government-enforced hiring quotas based on sex (violates the right of free association), i.e., government enforced equal pay rates based on gender in a private industry (violates the freedom to contract).