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PHLB13H3 Lecture Notes - Social Philosophy, W. M. Keck Observatory, Occupy Movement

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Lynda Lange

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Feminism Session 10
for the past three decades, women have been more free
the struggle is now, to balance work and home
Weir disagrees and does not believe that the remaining issue is balance
ethical tension
import of other women to do the care work
reason why wealthier women are able to balance work and home
the imported women are at a disadvantage
other women fill up the gap left by more privileged women
large steps have been taken for gender equality
equality between men and women
does not seem very ethical
need for care is always necessary
hard to minimize care in ethically acceptable manner
ex. cutting corners at work and cutting corners in care
we are humans, wouldn’t be ethical to cut corners in care
not many corners to cut to begin with
these theorists are relying on the idea of conscious thought regarding care
wealthy developed countries take public responsibility for care from women
requires great social investment
shown by complaints regarding inadequacy of hospitals and soup kitchens
feminist theorists
try to show that regardless of how it is distributed, lots of social investments in care
try to “count” the care and domestic work
to include it in economic analysis
issue with GDP

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things that are bartered are not included
ex. unpaid care workers
only money transactions are included
efforts made to change how things are measured
life activity and time
in Australia, a serious effort was made to measure care work
conclusion was half that it took up half of the national value
cannot do it with the value
ex. you can measure the price of a meal, but you cannot measure the price of a child
suppose a meal is seven dollars, but what is the price tag on a child
migrant care workers
ex. nannies, child care workers, care residences, home workers
Weir looks at the global perspective through the POV of migrant care workers
to view the shift, must look at it globally
it’s a global phenomenon, that women from foreign countries fill up the gaps
many women want to do it
leave home and kids to work for low pay in another wealthier country
care is bumped down
creation of global care chain
ex. of global care chain
a Canadian woman is a lawyer and works ten hours days
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