Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

29 May 2008

I'm in love

Remember my post about a new feminist economics blog? Well, there's another!

Susan Feiner left a comment to let me know about her blog. I just zoomed thru her first posts and I am in love. Not sure if with her or the idea of feminist economics, but it's love. Here are just a few snippets from her blog:

  • 45 years ago American feminist Betty Friedan saw how suburban isolation undermined women’s health and restricted women’s choices. In a now classic essay, “The Problem That Has No Name” Friedan successfully linked the repressive domesticity of the 1950s to suburbanization.

    Friedan’s analysis was pooh-poohed as a “women’s” issue.

    Coming soon to a station near you: $5.00/gallon gas. VOILLA!

  • Here’s the basic idea. In a recession, people are losing their jobs, businesses are cutting back, and the level of private spending is falling off. The government can step in and replace some of the purchasing power that’s disappead. People without jobs have no income so their spending goes down, a lot! In today’s world of highly indebted consumers the loss of a job is even more disastrous, since people have so little put aside in savings.

    In the face of a recession government can, for starters, extend unemployment insurance. This puts spendable income directly in the hands of people who’ve lost jobs.

    But, and here’s a critically important point for women: part-time workers are not eligible for unemployment compensation. Most part time workers are adult women. So extending unemployment insurance is not going to be much help. Congress could enact changes in the program that would make part time workers eligible.
For reals...go check her out. I know I'm a big time nrrd, but I don't think she's writing above anyone's head over there. Which in itself is proof of feminism. (Yeah, I'm looking at you Judith Butler!)

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