By Roger Célestin, Eliane DalMolin, Isabelle de Courtivron
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It then follows that women contribute to their own domination, in a certain sense, by harboring tendencies that, as a product of the established order, incline them to submit to this order, in the absence of conscious, voluntary consent and under no direct duress. In order for the symbolic domination of which they are the victims to function—as with all other forms of behavior by which they choose their destiny, in a way, refusing the academic tracks or careers from which they are excluded, embracing those to which they have been assigned—women had to have incorporated, as do all victims of symbolic violence, the structures by which the domination they submit to is implemented.
It has become something that must be defended or justified, either something to refrain from or not be caught practicing. There is no doubt that what we call the “liberation” of women, of which “sexual liberation” is merely the most striking component, has profoundly modified the surface appearance of things. This questioning of the most obvious has gone hand in hand with the far-reaching transformations of the feminine condition: for example, a growing access to secondary and higher education and salaried employment, and thus to the public arena; and the tendency among women to distance themselves from reproductive functions, a 24 PIERRE BOURDIEU trend especially evident in postponed pregnancies and shorter absences from the workplace following childbirth.
When the Left returned to power under the leadership of Lionel Jospin in 1997, the idea expressed by the new government was to reclaim the family in the name of a politique familiale de gauche: whereas, according to an opposition inherited from the Republican tradition, the French Left had always been suspicious of the (private) socialization that takes place in families, and preferred to rely on the (public) socialization of schooling, now at last the phrase “left-wing family policies” (or “politics,” for that matter) would not be an oxymoron.