Capitalism and Shame

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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.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Roger
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Salerno
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Pace University; Psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Roger Salerno is a professor of sociology at Pace University in NYC. He is also a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC. Roger speaks on a wide range of socially and personally political topics, including: gender, alienation, marginality, deviance, social theory and personal loneliness. His books include: Beyond the Enlightenment, Contemporary Social Theory, Sociology Noir and his just published Boyhood and Delinquency in 1920s Chicago
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Harriet
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Fraad
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Democracy at Work
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Harriet Fraad is a mental health counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She speaks and writes on the intersections of economic and personal life in America today. She appears on WBAI and 80 others stations the first week of every month on Economic Update with Rick Wolff. Her work can be found in Truthout, Logos, Tikkun, RM, The Psychohistory Journal, at her website harrietfraad.com and on the website of Democracy at Work. Her latest contribution to a book will appear in August 2017 in Knowledge and Class: Marxism Without Guarantees (Routledge, 2017).
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Tess
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Fraad Wolff
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Democracy at Work
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Tess Fraad-Wolff is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is trained in art therapy and hypnotherapy as well as in psychotherapy. She lectures on issues of politics, gender and sexuality. Her latest publications appears in and Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA and The Psychohistory Journal
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Shane
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Knight
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Democracy at Work
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Shane Knight, MAS, was raised in Kosciusko, Mississippi. He holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. Shane currently works in New York City serving duel creative roles as a writer and an art director specializing in creative concept development and implementation. He has created advertising campaigns for national brands including: Google, Nestle, Lexus, ESPN, Heineken, Applegate Farms, Spike TV and the New York Knicks. He designs media outreach for Democracy at Work and other Left groups. Shane’s prior experience includes serving in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman and a marksmanship instructor. His service record with the Marines includes a tour in Afghanistan. He speaks on issues of male gender suffering.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Harriet
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Fraad
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Democracy at Work
 

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