Domestic Work: Choice or Coercion? Wednesday, March 20 th
-Hooks pp. 96-107
-Frye pp. 52-83
Potential exam question- Opting out-not a free feminist choice? Should be able to
argue using Stone and Coooperberg- use their inconsistencies.
What would Hooks change to make opting out more feminist friendly. So Hooks
would say that women themselves need to value their own work, not just those who
are in power to value it.
-Western society says that careerism is the most valuable. Need to be an ideological
change- what we value needs to change. We need to deconstruct capitalist
Ideas that her theory rests on-
(1)Low wage work (factory or service work) they are not meaningful, creative jobs
that lead to freedom or satisfaction. Physically exploitative.
(2)psychologically exploitative. Women receive the message via sexist ideology that
their work in the labour force is not valuable or contributes to society. It’s it out of
financial necessity for themselves, but their not contributing to society at large. Full-
time or career paths, they are considered good or contributing. If a woman does
work it’s out of financial/material necessity for themselves, but not for society.
(3) Difference between basic human needs (physical and mental) to be content and
actual financial independence for women. Types of work that don’t exploit, but that
doesn’t mean that a woman is financially independent.
-example- we can put a price on housework and childrearing, but won’t lead to
financial independence for women.
-Affirmative action- visible minorities, a problem for them, employers could satisfy
affirmative action by hiring women. Further marginalize minorities. More
oppressive to minorities, taken away opportunities for them. Might create more of a
hierarchy. Feminist agenda’s like this are a threat to some. Can be more oppressive
to those who are visible minorities.
Question: Discuss whether or not affirmative action is negative or positive? Is it an
List of a feminist approach to work-
-Should end poverty for all women.
-Ending economic exploitation of women.
-Support welfare and welfare reform. Stop viewing them as parasitic. Recognizes
subjugation and unfairness, get rid of the ideology that those who receive welfare are lazy, worthless. We need to look at why people need welfare. It’s usually a
degrading process to get welfare.
Creativity over jobs-example, job sharing, high income jobs get shared between
people. Creativity over what jobs look like.
Allocation of money- learn how to manage the money they get.
Resisting compulsions into consumerism (it’s political- b