By David Evans
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Why should this be so? In brief the market’s pecuniary egoism appears inherently sexual. It is in this context that Foucault’s contribution to any analysis is at its most persuasive, for surely both market and sexual values are united in the ultimate fetishisation of the individual as a unique being. Simultaneously sexuality is both the least apparently commodifiable aspect of social life, being ‘natural’, ‘personal’ and ‘private’, and for these very reasons it is that part of ourselves with the greatest commodity potential.
Antidiscrimination legislation (1975) is a testament to female citizenship’s origins in lower labour value arising out of capitalism’s exploitation of women’s ‘natural’ work in reproducing labour including its propagation. For some committed monetarists, free markets break down such discrimination because ‘bigots are weak competitors’ (Bolick 1988:49). Marx proposed that where possible ‘individual capitals will purchase labour powers…below the average social value’ (1938:599). Similarly it is argued that markets have an amoral tendency to commodify and commercialise all and everything, but such possibilities are severely circumscribed by discriminatory practices based on the qualitative criteria and goals of both commercial enterprises and the monitoring state.
For some the diverse and contradictory metropolitan social relations of late twentieth-century capitalism signifies the demise of class relations, even of capitalism itself, and within such arguments the emergence of sexual minorities, associations, parties, affiliations, communities and lifestyles is, with comparable ethnic, religious, regional and other examples, much quoted in evidence. , are not living in the same society, not encountering similar problems to do with war, economic power, public administration, religion, education, poverty, legal rights and other overlapping and interconnecting public issues.
Sexual Citizenship by David Evans