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Fraser contends with liberal feminism’s troubling convergence with #capitalism, and the ways in which #feminism can provide a veneer of liberation for a system of relentless #exploitation@DissentMagdissentmagazine.org/article/nancy-…
The gendered separation of #social reproduction from #economic production constitutes the principal institutional basis for women’s subordination in #capitalist societies.
When a society simultaneously withdraws public support for social reproduction and conscripts the chief providers of it into long and grueling hours of paid work, it depletes the very social capacities on which it depends. The result is a “crisis of care”
We can go a long way toward understanding #capitalism’s history by focusing on how social reproduction is organized- for any given era, how much of #carework is commodified? How much is supported through state or corporate provision? How much is located in households?
In a nutshell: liberal capitalism privatized (private sphere) social reproduction; state-managed capitalism partially socialized it; financialized capitalism is increasingly commodifying it.
Sandberg’s lean In idea as ironic (& fucked up): it is only possible for her readership to envision leaning in at the corporate boardroom in so far as they can lean ON the low-paid care workers who clean their toilets, homes, diaper children, care for their aging parents.
We have to talk about #race: It is immigrant women of color (of the global south) African-American & Latino women who are doing this work. There are countries whose entire “development” strategy is to facilitate emigration of women to wealthy countries for this purpose.
Given the acuteness of this crisis of social reproduction, it would be utopian, in the bad sense, for the left not to be focusing on this.
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