Simple Machine | Guster
I’m not a simple machine
I’ve become something else
heterosexuality is socially coerced pass it on (:
Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.
That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.
Based on this (x). Conclusion: they’re still fuckers.
Or maybe daddy works all week to provide us money for food and clothes
Because daddy’s labour is arbitrarily placed at a higher value and the work he does all week is no more important or legitimate than domestic labour. The capital value of the same relative labour is dependent on the gender of the person its performed by, and the capital values of different, specific kinds of labour, are dependent on the gender of the person who usually performs them in a society. The work easily available to women is priced cheap or free, and the work women have to struggle harder to get is still worth less capital than that same work when performed by men.
In short, daddy gets to choose what he gets to work on, and the job he gets to choose can easily generate more than enough money to feed and shelter more than one person. In this scenario, women still have to do work, but are often forced to depend on others to support them, let alone able to consider supporting others with their labour.
In some cases, men might actually prefer their wives to do even less in terms of domestic labour, because it will be a symbol of conspicuous leisure, which is the mark of status. Women doing no work at all only happens if daddy has so much money and power that he wants to show it to people by how he can support a family with even less work on their part.
A society directing women to be dependent on men, who like their women that way, is definitively a patriarchy, and the division of labour between men and women continues to reinforce gender inequality even today.
Hopefully you can see more of the repercussions of EXACTLY WHAT WAS IMPLIED IN THE ORIGINAL POST now.
The “division of labour” thesis only works for middle class families.
The more insidious truth is that even when both partners work (the reality of most families since it’s hard to be okay based on 1 income) the woman still usually ends up doing all or most of the domestic labour.
I’m sorry if I implied that wasn’t true at any point. In that case, the labour divide would still be in place because the woman would be doing that labour completely unrewarded. The terms I used were to describe the problem regardless of the other labour women might be doing at the same time - and unfortunately, their work there will be given substandard compensation too.
The takeaway from this is that the more ways in which women are exploited (class, race, sexuality, etc.) the stuff in this post basically gets more exaggerated and dystopian.
What I’m talking about is commonly referred to within feminist theory as the “second shift” and it’s different than the “division of labor.” The division of labor was a 1950s white hetero middle class family model where the man was the breadwinner and the woman stayed home and cared for the children and the household.
But the division of labor has never really existed for the vast majority of women. That was a privilege for white women with enough class privilege (which is why many of us who aren’t middle class white women roll our eyes at books like The Feminine Mystique which is what the original post read like).
The reality for most women is that they do the same work men do and then do more work besides in the home. And then you don’t even get into single mothers and what they’re expected to juggle. Since women are dealing with the pay gap. WOC even more so.
In the original post you talked about how if the man made enough money the woman would have “leisure” time. But the further story is that household work would then go to a low income woman of color and they would be doing it for hardly any financial compensation while also having to do the domestic labor in their own house.
for my birthday i was gifted a gc to sephora
but i don’t wear makeup anymore and i have perfume but i don’t wear it much because i hang out with my brother a lot and he’s allergic
idk wtf to buy but i need retail therapy