This post makes a very nifty point, though I don’t agree with all of it. Complexes of oppression that exist around gender are not abstractions; they serve the concrete needs of capital for what the author terms “resource extraction”.
Those who condemn materialists for focusing on so strongly on capitalism often say that we miss forms of oppression other than class. There are a lot of things you can say in relation to this and I’ve previously blogged a few such points. But one important point to make is that if we consider capitalism as the mechanism for maintaining the relative and absolute privileges of the rich, class and labour generally are not the only levers capitalism has for extracting resources (material and immaterial) from that vast majority of the population which it does not treat kindly. For those who benefit from capitalism, gains made through racism, sexism, queerphobia ecterta need not be mediated by class relations, but are sometimes immediate.
From women for example, capital seeks the production of a new generation of workers, thus it aims to maximise reproduction in part by outlawing and restricting abortion. But, as the author points out, this is not all it gains by suppressing abortion. It also gains relative/positional privilege for those at the top of the pyramid by forcing women to cope with the economic consequences of unplanned pregnancy. In my view there is more than enough good reasons to think that part of what capitalists are seeking is relative power, a position at the top of the hierarchy. They gain this, and often other more absolute benefits as well, directly through almost every form of oppression you care to name. Often class does not even come into the picture. Analysis of domination under capitalism is not equivalent to the analysis of domination in terms of class structure, let alone reduction to class structure. Definitely class is pretty closely connected to capitalism, moreso than other forms of domination, but it’s important not to slip back and forth too quickly between “analysis in terms of class” and “analysis in terms of capitalism”.