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Old 16-10-2006, 02:37 AM
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Some interesting thoughts here. I would just like to add an often ignored element to the discussion about women, work and family. Women have always worked. This is often forgotten in the grand scheme of things. Women worked in the fields, in the home, and in factories. Middle class and aristocratic women certainly did not work, but the millions and billions of poor, working class and underprivileged women have always worked. This is not new.

I agree with Fiona in that it is not women working (ie. leaving the home) that is the problem - nor is democracy the issue. Rather, the particular ruthless version of neoliberal market rationalism currently punctuating our lives is the problem. This is not a political forum so I'm not going to say much more, nor is it my intention to spark some hotly heated debate about such matters of which I know there are many perspectives. But people are now working two, three or even four jobs to survive. 'We' - people/individuals - have become less relevant and highly disposable in this current state of affairs. We only have self-worth and legitimacy if we can enter into this highly competitive world of consumerism and buy heaps of stuff - hence our distraction from ourselves and onto owning things.

I love to shop. I have no problem with shopping. I love a good new pair of shoes. But that feeling of pleasure only lasts for about 30 minutes. Then I have to buy something else to fill up the space. What we need is critical reflection and a forum such as this is cool in that it allows us a virtual space to think about the self in new and interesting ways.

Take care.
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