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The Next Feminist Revolution

The next feminist revolution: The back to Motherhood and Nurture movement.



For millennia, Motherhood was worshipped. It was a highly respected profession.



Time to go back 10,000 years and to reclaim our heritage … Mothers are the foundation of the world, the guardians of its future.



There is nothing unfeminist in choosing to be a Mother …



It is the most feminist of choices: PROVIDED it is a choice. PROVIDED it is respected. PROVIDED it is not a vow of poverty, fear, abuse, dependence, and enslavement.



Take back the Night?

Hell no! Time to take back the Family from the Right.
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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 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 always increased when we clean-up.

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

What If Women Disappeared?

“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 withdrew 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, they’d find some way to measure it, and it would be damned well paid work to boot.

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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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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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Family Values ≠ Family is Valuable

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?

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According to Statisticians…

If a woman looks after a house and cares for her own children in her own home, then according to statisticians she is not working.



But if she takes paid employment, pays someone else to raise her children, and to care for her house, then she, the nanny, and the domestic would all be classified as working.



Conclusion:
Caring for a house and children is work only if money changes hands.

Don’t get no respect, ladies, ‘less you charge for it!
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The Invisible Woman

“Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.”
Clare Boothe Luce

An economy’s future, and its quality of life, largely rest on the unpaid labour of women. Yet our huge contribution registers nowhere in GDP.

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It is “woman’s work” to birth the next generation, to fashion a haven – a safe, clean, warm and loving environment – in which a family can blossom. It is “woman’s work” to ensure that children are cared for, loved, and grow-up to be healthy, law-abiding and productive. It is “woman’s work” to create the meals which produce strong bodies and minds. Without us, productivity would decline and social costs would rise.

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We are invisible … our contribution unmeasured, unrecorded, and unpaid … yet our role is crucial to the functioning of a healthy, successful Society. “Woman’s work” is far more essential to our species’ survival, to our happiness, and to our quality of life, than work performed in a mine, a factory, an office or a store.

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Remember! 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 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.
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What women do is…

What men do is work.

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What women do is…

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Well, economists may not have a word for it, but it isn’t work, is it?

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Unpaid Labor – Not work?

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

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As with history, economics is defined by dominant males:
Men do paid labour. That is work.

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Women do unpaid labour. That is not work.