“#GiveYourMoneytoWomen”: Feminists demand payment from men for being “nurturing”
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
“Women were banding together to demand payment for all the emotional work we do that goes completely unpaid—the exhausting work of being a tolerant, gentle, nurturing, listening woman in our relationships with men, at all times. Women put up with a lot of bullshit, and we have a science-backed term for it: Emotional labor. And as with any kind of labor, women are now ready and eager to get paid.
“In the words of Jess Zimmerman, ‘Men like to act as if commanding women’s attention is their birthright, their natural due, and they are rarely contradicted. It’s a radical act to refuse them that attention. It’s even more radical to propose that if they want it so [expletive] much, they can buy it.'”
The movement’s founder, Lauren Chief Elk, already has a huge Twitter following, with thousands of acolytes tweeting such sentiments as ‘Emotional work provided by women is essential for this society to work,’ ‘Men who genuinely respect women have nothing to fear or lose,’ and, more bluntly, ‘Any rich/well-off man want to help me with my medical debt?’
The movement’s founder, Lauren Chief Elk, explained it all to Schaffer:
“‘As a prison abolitionist, and as someone who is thinking of alternatives to justice for power- and gender-based violence, monetary compensation has been something that I thought of as a really good alternative. What is an alternative? Making people financially responsible to you, making your abusers financially responsible to you. [The hashtag] came out of my own praxis for justice in regards to that. It also came out of just thinking about what women have to do all day every day, whether that’s in marriages or relationships or work environments—anything really. The type of labor that we are expected and required to do all the time.'”
Posted by Charlotte Allen