Having recently joined the ranks of the unemployed, I can tell you that little else in our society is more demoralizing. The U.S., and certainly other Western countries whose power and clout is directly tied to their work force is a hostile place for people who lose their job, need a job, can’t find a job, or are unable to hold a job. In the strictest terms, we judge a person’s worth by their ability to participate in the economy–and when I say “we”, I mean “me” too. My parents pounded such a solid Midwestern work ethic into me and all my siblings that my brother and I each started our first jobs in early adolescence. When I hear someone in their twenties say they don’t have a job or have little or no employment history, I immediately think something’s wrong with them or assume that they are still supported by their family–which also makes me think something must be wrong with them.
Archive for February, 2009
I am not sure why people continue to perpetuate the idea that feminism is something in which only women can participate. Now, I don’t read Ms. magazine, although I suppose I would rather flip through it than Cosmopolitan if it were laying around in a doctor’s office. But the publishers of Ms. recently created a shitstorm in the “feminist” community by putting an illustration of Barack Obama on the cover ripping open his suit to reveal a t-shirt underneath reading, “This is what a feminist looks like.” It doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me–nothing even worth mentioning–but apparently there are quite a few feminist organizations that are pretty huffy about it.