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The Invisible Woman

Look on Man’s Mighty Works and Despair…

GDP not only fails to measure the value of mothers; it also fails to measure the value of Mother Earth.

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GDP is never reduced by the depletion of finite resources or by the degradation of our environment.

GDP is always increased by the damage we do to our planet, by species destruction, by ecological disaster, by increasing levels of pollution, and by environmental diseases which destroy our health and our children’s future.

GDP is then further increased if we attempt to clean-up our mess.

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Look on Man’s mighty works and despair …
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The Invisible Woman

The GNP Blindspot

Important note to Family Values people:

GNP IS NOT increased by volunteering, by child-care, by elder-care, by housework. GNP IS NOT increased by building a family, by assisting friends, or by leisure time spent recharging one’s batteries.



GNP IS increased by family break-down, by child-abuse, by divorce, by wife-battering, by crime, by imprisonment, by social disintegration, and by environmental destruction.



“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry, or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”
Senator Robert Kennedy
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The Invisible Woman

Family Values and The Invisible Woman

Family Values do not mean the family is valuable.

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There would be no economy, no society, no community without the unmeasured, unrecorded, and unpaid work provided by the Invisible Woman.

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What do we really mean by “Family Values” when we place no value on the work of creating, maintaining and caring for a family?

Read more on this topic: Women’s unpaid work must be included in GDP calculations: lessons from history

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The Invisible Woman

SAFE BET: If Men Did It, They’d Measure It – And Pay It Properly

“Woman’s work” is work and it is worth a lot to our Society: If women were to disappear and men had to do the housework, as well as birth and raise the kids, what would happen to GDP as currently measured?

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It would fall significantly as men had to withdraw from the paid economy to perform the unpaid and unrecognized wifely duties.

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But you can bet if men were doing the bulk of the housework and childcare that they’d find some way to measure it – and it would be damned well-paid work to boot!

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The Invisible Woman

Worthless Work, Worthless Women

Economists tell us “woman’s work” is worthless.

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Worthless work
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Worthless women

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Always remember: A society uses cues from economic signals to develop its laws, policies, and family-based arrangements.

The Patriarchy rests on a severely distorted view of economic wealth, social well-being, and the value of women.

No wonder it is such a screwed-up and failing system.
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The Invisible Woman

Assisted Living

ASSISTED LIVING: Provides ongoing help with daily living for those who wish to retain their independence.

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Typical services include:
‣ Cooking, housekeeping & laundry ‣ Personal care, dressing & grooming ‣ Minor medical care ‣ Health & exercise programs ‣ Transportation ‣ Educational, social, & cultural activities

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Considered appropriate for anyone who no longer wishes to live on their own, but who does not need medical care.

More economical than hiring a housekeeper, a chauffeur, a personal assistant, and a nurse.

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Men have had assisted living for millennia.

It’s called marriage.

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Double Standards

Wifely Roles Are Three – and Free if She’s a Wife!

Wifely roles are three:
-Child care.
-Housekeeping.
-Sexual service and companionship.

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Child care is the domain of the nanny; housekeeping of the domestic; sexual service and companionship of the whore and mistress.

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No matter how little, at least they all get paid.

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The Invisible Woman

Ungrateful Husbands and Idiot Economists

Think about how GDP is measured: If a woman looks after a house, and cares for her own children in that house, then she is not working and contributes nothing to the economy.



Interesting how similar the attitudes of the ungrateful husband and the economist who measures GDP.



The husband says, “You never contributed anything to the marriage.”

The economist says, “You never contributed anything to the economy.”

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The Invisible Woman

If It’s NOT Paid, It’s NOT Real Work

Men have CHOSEN to define ONLY paid labour as work.

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That is why a man can say to the wife of 30 years, who slaved to feed him, give him sex, care for him, clean his house and raise their family, “You contributed nothing to this marriage … and now you think you’re entitled to half of what I created?”

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The operative word is “slaved”:

Slave labour is not work … housework is not work … childcare is not work … husband-care is not work.

Her contribution to his success may be ignored, because by definition, it was not real.
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The Invisible Woman

Economics: Male defined = mal-defined

Never forget: People take their behavioural cues from economic signals.

Send out the wrong signals and you will get the wrong response.

Neglect of household production severely distorts our measures of both economic wealth and social well-being.

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The family is the foundation of a Society. In its success can be found the success of that Society.

If you want to strengthen Society, then some way must be found to measure Woman’s unpaid contribution to it.

Some way must be found to make us visible, to give our contribution credibility, to give it respect, to give it value.

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That is the ONLY WAY proper laws, policies, and family-friendly arrangements can develop.