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(en) cgt-lkn: Care strike (By Carlos Taibo) (ca) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 5 Aug 2020 09:03:42 +0300

I was arguing with a colleague, some time ago, and on the occasion of a lukewarm general strike that had asserted itself in Spain, about the areas that this strike should affect. This friend, somewhat anchored in a past in which production was, or seemed to be, everything, could not understand why we also demanded a consumer strike. What's the point - I asked him - that we stop in factories or schools and then rush to buy in a supermarket? Where, by the way, were the rights of those who worked in it? ---- It often happens, however, that when you think you have taken a giant step in understanding the world's problems, you have to take note, shortly, that you have fallen short. Because, if the strike is to be one of production and consumption - also, of course, of distribution, as the French yellow vests have taught us - what sense will it make us talk about dividing up the work if we ignore the relief, huge at the same time? , of the domestic work carried out overwhelmingly by women? Shouldn't a strike affecting the corresponding work be demanded without caution?

Antonella Picchio explains it clearly: "Feminist thinking has taught us how the dominant economy makes much of the work contributed by women invisible. But the production process is not based only on paid work that allows the production of goods and services; It also includes unpaid work, which allows for social and working class reproduction. Without domestic work - cooking to feed families, maintaining clothes and homes ... - and caring for people and their relationships, the economic system could not be perpetuated. And yet the growth economy doesn't look at it in any way. "

It will hardly surprise - and I return to the charge with the argument - that this idolized indicator that is the gross domestic product is not at all interested in domestic work. The mentioned indicator, and the economic growth itself, has a pacentric and macho character. In Anselm Jappe's eyes, one and the other are linked to masculine values -hardness, determination, reason, calculation, contract-, while non-mercantile activities are associated with feminine values: sweetness, understanding, emotion and gratuitousness.

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