That’s not UBI.

God fucking forbid women be paid to work at home.
Honestly what bothers me about this article aside from calling paying housewives a form of UBI-

Is how it ignores all the cultural expectations of being a homemaker.

Of fucking course they were depressed and miserable. Y’all don’t understand that life.
One of the Forster care families I was in was white and upper middle class. I even went to a private school.

literally anything, everything, was a competition. There was already the underlying idea that homemakers aren’t true “workers” so everyone was trying to up each other
You couldn’t show your face is Janice’s House was slightly cleaner. If Marie’s kids were slightly better behaved. If Karen cooked better meals.

The shit was NEUROTIC.

I clearly remember they’d have parties for their friends and my foster mom would be...
Cleaning up at 4am Bc Joyce’s husband would never let her husband walk in on a living room full of empty wine glasses and crushed chips on the floor.

It was wild af.

And they did this to prove they deserved “housewife UBI” 🙄
The idea was that cooking dinner, raising kids, going to PTA meetings, cleaning house wants work. So each wife was desperate to better than the last to prove she deserved to get a fucking manicure from time to time. It was violent and insidious.
it’s weird I’m defending middle class ww, but this is gospel. That’s how they lived.

And instead of arguing that their labor was actually valid. Keeping a house clean, raising kids, cooking dinner is WORK, this article argues these women’s husbands were paying them for nothing
UBI is money to live Bc nobody deserves to die for being poor. The work of stay at home parents is needed and valuable and not lumpen proletariat. It’s ducking WORK.
the worst beating I got was when I dropped a gallon of milk & it broke
I don’t forgive her for beating a child, but I understand her panic
What if the milk ran behind furniture? What if we got bugs? What if her spouse who was paying for nothing walked in to ants on his floor?!
That’s what devaluing domestic labor gets you.

Neurotic unhappy housewives who beat the piss out of their kids Bc god forbid the man, the real worker, be displeased and cut everyone off and make us all homeless on a whim.
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