I was planning to write a long piece about contraception as a vehicle for economic opportunity, but found the recent vitriol swirling around this topic too depressing. Instead, I will leave you with a thought provoking article I came across this morning.
“In the Name of Love” challenges our current “do what you love” mantra regarding work, arguing that a) this privileged perspective dehumanizes the vast majority of people who do our necessary but generally unlovable work, and b) enables the capitalist system to exploit workers by leveraging the passion-means-more-than-compensation ethos. The author also notes how this dynamic particularly harms women:
“Yet another damaging consequence of DWYL is how ruthlessly it works to extract female labor for little or no compensation. Women comprise the majority of the low-wage or unpaid workforce; as care workers, adjunct faculty, and unpaid interns, they outnumber men. What unites all of this work, whether performed by GEDs or PhDs, is the belief that wages shouldn’t be the primary motivation for doing it. Women are supposed to do work because they are natural nurturers and are eager to please; after all they’ve been doing uncompensated childcare, elder care, and housework since time immemorial. And talking money is unladylike anyway.”
I will admit to being shocked by this revelation at first. I guess I’d bought into the Do What You Love thing just like everyone else. My next reaction was rage. A system of oppression exploiting mankind’s hope for self-fulfillment as a sort of Trojan Horse?! Finally, I sink back into depression. Has there ever been a self-help movement that wasn’t exploitative or exploited to benefit the privileged?
Be vigilant my friends.