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  •  You are not alone Galtisalie ... (4+ / 0-)

    it is non-negotiatiable to all of us in this group. Your comment is a very good one. I am also curious what this person is talking about as well.

    The undervaluing of women work (all of it) began way before capitalism; the fact that so much of it was provided for free at home as unpaid labour and that it was deemed to be profitable for capitalists to provide is why it is still undervalued. The delusion that traditional women's work (cooking, cleaning, sewing, designing clothes, spinning cloth, education, nursing, social work, caring for the sick and elderly, rearing children and socialising them) is not work derives from the fact that it was gotten for free. Some of that work was socialised in the state sector, i.e.,  public schools were created, nurseries, nursing became a profession but since they were already viewed as women's work it went into the market undervalued and remains so. Most of it does not produce large amounts of surplus product and instead falls in what is called necessary labour; labour needed to reproduce the society. My grandmother worked, my mother worked ... grandmother sewing in the factories, my mother as a teacher's aide (she wanted to be a nurse) ... I have been working my whole life until I became ill. While we are uniquely designed to birth children, that is never all that we were or will ever be.

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 03:08:03 PM PST

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    •  NY brit, Galtisie, What I think (3+ / 0-)

      ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

      by Arianna Editrix on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 03:15:10 PM PST

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      •  sorry I missed this piece earlier .... (2+ / 0-)
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        Unca Joseph, Galtisalie

        love (cough, cough) comment calling your piece non-feminist ...

        "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

        by NY brit expat on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 05:25:33 PM PST

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      •  That was excellent. (1+ / 0-)
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        Really a wonderful piece. As a fan of big single paragraphs, that is tops. In contrast to most people, I love Reinhold Niebuhr's big paragraphs, but in contrast to his, yours was not only illuminating but also "easy" to read, except in the sense that the points you made are so discerning that they put a lot of us to thinking and hopefully changing. Awesome.

        I'm on the left wing of the possible. I write for the same reasons Eric Arthur Blair did, just not as well.

        by Galtisalie on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:22:39 AM PST

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        •  Tak! (0+ / 0-)

          Btw, that is what I call a "screed" as in a rant on paper.  I'm glad you found it easy to read as sometimes my head is so full of language I get carried away with my "50$ words" as my grandma used to call them.  I'm also glad if it gets people to think.  I don't want everyone to agree with me, just actually think about it, form a judgement and come back at me if you disagree.  I'm sure we'll work it out in the end.

          ~Arianna_Editrix-- I willingly accept Cassandra’s fate, To speak the truth, altho’ believ’d too late

          by Arianna Editrix on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 04:07:48 AM PST

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