Wages Against Housework

They say it is love We say it is unwaged work.They call it frigidity We call it absenteeism.Every miscarriage is a work accident.Homosexuality and heterosexuality are both working conditions but homosexuality is workers control of production, not the end of work.More smiles More money Nothing will be so powerful in destroying the healing virtues of a smile.Neuroses, sThey say it is love We say it is unwaged work.They call it frigidity We call it absenteeism.Every miscarriage is a work accident.Homosexuality and heterosexuality are both working conditions but homosexuality is workers control of production, not the end of work.More smiles More money Nothing will be so powerful in destroying the healing virtues of a smile.Neuroses, suicides, desexualization occupational diseases of the housewife.
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  • Title: Wages Against Housework
  • Author: Silvia Federici
  • ISBN: 9780950270296
  • Page: 218
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    About the Author

    Silvia Federici

    Silvia Federici is a scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition 1 She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor 2 She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years, is also the co founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, and is a member of the Midnight Notes Collective 3 Federici s best known work, Caliban and the Witch Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, expands on the work of Leopoldina Fortunati In it, she argues against Karl Marx s claim that primitive accumulation is a necessary precursor for capitalism Instead, she posits that primitive accumulation is a fundamental characteristic of capitalism itself that capitalism, in order to perpetuate itself, requires a constant infusion of expropriated capital.Federici connects this expropriation to women s unpaid labour, both connected to reproduction and otherwise, which she frames as a historical precondition to the rise of a capitalist economy predicated upon wage labor Related to this, she outlines the historical struggle for the commons and the struggle for communalism Instead of seeing capitalism as a liberatory defeat of feudalism, Federici interprets the ascent of capitalism as a reactionary move to subvert the rising tide of communalism and to retain the basic social contract.She situates the institutionalization of rape and prostitution, as well as the heretic and witch hunt trials, burnings, and torture at the center of a methodical subjugation of women and appropriation of their labor This is tied into colonial expropriation and provides a framework for understanding the work of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and other proxy institutions as engaging in a renewed cycle of primitive accumulation, by which everything held in common from water, to seeds, to our genetic code becomes privatized in what amounts to a new round of enclosures.

    757 Comment

    • Kevin said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 14:35 PM

      This is a brief article by a feminist sociologist whose works (especially her full-length book "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation") are the first to shake me into appreciating how Feminist Economics can revolutionize the entirety of critical economics and class struggle I must have been too conditioned to grasp the topic's magnitude when others tried to explain it, but in "Caliban and the Witch" Silvia Federici explores 2 themes that immediately captured my attent [...]

    • 혜민 said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 14:35 PM

      only rly took issue w the slavery analogy (as often happens)

    • Jason said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 14:35 PM

      She just covers so much. This book has helped me understand how domestic work is enmeshed in capitalism. I will never be able to hear the phrase "flexible labor market" without thinking of the millions of women living precariously as house-cleaners, nannies and elder care workers all over the world.

    • Bolette said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 14:35 PM

      A very different take on housework than I've met in modern feminist movements. Very inspiring!

    • Gabriel Gaybraham said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 14:35 PM

      happy mother's day silvia federici knocks it out of the park again

    • Aia said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 14:35 PM

      Not satisfying. I have at least two important questions concerning the text.

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