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The Invisible Woman

It’s Official: Unpaid Housework Isn’t Work!

When measuring GDP, housework becomes real ONLY when someone pays for it.

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As with history, economics has been defined by dominant males:

Men do paid labour.

That IS work.

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Women do unpaid labour.

That IS NOT work.

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The Invisible Woman

The Mismeasure of Woman

Official stats such as GDP do not begin to capture the number of hours women work.

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Male defined stats, which get it so wrong … men refuse to record the benefits to our families, to our communities, to the nation, to the world, of “woman’s work”.

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The mismeasure of woman:

Female work – unmeasured, unrecorded, and unrewarded.

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The Invisible Woman

Only An Economist or an Idiot …

Imagine a housewife who diligently cares for her house and children.

She makes NO contribution to the economy according to GDP, the traditional measure of economic wealth.

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Now imagine she drowns the children and burns the house down.

This would lead to an increase in economic wealth!

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The cost of firefighters and vehicles, the clean-up and rebuilding of the house, the lawyers, the court case … all would contribute to GDP.

Keeping her locked-up, fed and clothed; providing psychiatric treatment, social-workers, building maintenance, prison guards, security, etc. … all would contribute to GDP.

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But, would anyone other than an economist or an idiot think that her actions brought anything but harm to her family, her community, and the economy?

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Double Standards

“Woman’s Work” Doesn’t Count Because It Doesn’t Pay

Women – read about them in their hundreds of thousands on Wikipedia – and all but a few of them excluded from his-story.

But, did you also know that men have written women out of economics?

“Woman’s work” does NOT get counted in the measurement of GDP.

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That’s right, ladies – the thousands of hours you devote every year to ensuring the success of the fundamental unit of the economy, the family, counts for **NOTHING** in the National Accounts.

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Why?

Because, silly you, you didn’t get paid for doing it – and unpaid work is deemed worthless work, not worthy of being included in calculating GDP, the economic activity of a country!

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All hail male logic: If we don’t pay you for it, if instead, we steal it from you, well, then it ain’t real, and we don’t have to record it – nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!

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His-Story as Bunk

What Women Might Have Created

I have a fierce hunger for what women might have created …

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… for the art denied, the words never written, the science never done, the discoveries never made.

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… for the wonderful creations, forever lost, which would have delighted us, amazed us, and moved us forward.

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His-Story as Bunk

What the World has Lost

Think of what the world has lost … think of what all those women, minorities, and slaves might have accomplished had they been given a fair shot at education, opportunity, and options … the books not written, the cures not found, the inventions not created, the avenues not explored.

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They also lost their chance for a full life.

Is it fair that anyone, because of an accident of birth, should lose the chance for a full life?

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Is it right that those who stole this chance should then use their bully pulpit to decry the “inferior” or “negligible” accomplishments of their victims?

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His-Story as Bunk

Hello, My Name is ANONYMOUS

We will never know all that women did accomplish.

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For millennia, a woman could not claim credit for what she did – for her inventions, her art, her writing, her work.

She used a male pseudonym or let a male – husband, brother, father, son, friend – claim the credit.

Or, famously so, Anonymous was a woman.

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Even worse, we will never know what women didn’t accomplish because they were prohibited from trying or were too afraid or too repressed to try.

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Weep my Sisters, weep for the loss of your history, for the legacy stolen from you by your Brothers.

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His-Story as Bunk

Men Understand the Concepts

Men understand the concepts of advantage and disadvantage, of handicap and windfall …

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… the concepts of level playing field and inequality, of fair play and injustice …

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Except when it comes to how they treat women.

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His-Story as Bunk

Well, Duh!

Man 1: I tied him up and then punched him senseless. It was easy to beat him.

Man 2: Well, duh … no big accomplishment, you had the advantage!

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Man 1: My horse lost the race. It was handicapped with too much weight.

Man 2: Well, duh … no surprise there, it had a disadvantage!

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Man 1: In our family, girls were deprived of education and every opportunity, except to be a wife and mother. The family’s resources were for the boys. And, you know what, none of the women in our family ever accomplished as much as the men did.

Man 2: Well, duh … that’s women for you – just can’t compete with us guys!

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His-Story as Bunk

Women Shouldn’t Have to Pass as Men For Freedom

From Joan of Arc to George Elliott, from Madame du Chatelet to General James Barry, women have historically found freedom by passing as men.

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Women, have passed as males in even the most violent and masculine of environments: Women’s bodies, dressed as men, have often been found on battlefields. Women who manned pirate vessels have been hung from the yard-arm.

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The story of the plucky young woman who dons male attire and outfoxes, outmanoeuvres, outwits, and out-mans the men is a common literary motif.

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How many women chafed at the thought of being forced to give credit to their brothers, husbands, sons, or friends for work they were forbidden by the Patriarchy from claiming? How many of these women chose to hide their identity behind male accoutrements to accomplish ends denied to females?

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How many heroes /sailors / soldiers / priests / frontiersmen / pioneers / writers / inventors / philosophers / scientists were women in drag?