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Unpaid Caregiving is the Foundation of Capitalism

Bookmarked Free Female Labor Is The Plan by Jill Filipovic (Jill Filipovic)

Paid family leave is out because male power and independence requires female subordination

The plan is: Women work for free so that men can work for money, in a capitalist society in which money is necessary for safety, independence, and power.

More women in the workforce means that fewer men will be able to rely on a full-time wife at home who enables them to work full-time. It’s hard to overstate how huge of a professional benefit a stay-at-home wife is: Unlike nearly every working woman (stay-at-home husbands are growing in numbers but remain very rare), working men with stay-at-home wives can focus nearly 100% of their time and energy on work. They can go in early, stay late, and go to last-minute drinks with colleagues and clients… They have maximal professional freedom because there is someone else at home…

The American culture of overwork would not be possible without this free female labor and the men who rely on it. And this free female labor would not be so readily on offer if our political and workplace policies didn’t transparently incentivize it.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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