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Democracy at Work
Capitalism induces shame. Capitalist advertising uses shame to induce potential buyers to buy things to disguise body smells, blemishes, weight, etc. The constant use of women’s bodies to sell, induces women to hypersexualize their dress which increases increases male sexual predation of the kind our president practices. The capitalist ideal of the “self-made man” makes need and cooperation into a weakness. Women are assigned the role of the inferiors occupied with the debased areas of caring for people’s physical and emotional needs. Women who want to succeed must suppress their inevitable human interdependence and copy men’s painful distorting denial of need. Those who are not rich enough to buy what they need are shamed. Welfare recipients can be fingerprinted like criminals. Their children suffer the shame of wearing inexpensive sneakers, etc. Shame is an omnipresent part of capitalist culture.
Pace University; Psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC