Feminist Aspie

The Elephant In The Room: Emotional labour link round-up

on January 3, 2016

Every time I come home from university and get properly re-acquainted with domestic family life again, I always end up wanting to blog about the same topic, yet I don’t think I’ve ever made it beyond a muddled outline in my drafts. It’s difficult to articulate without feeling like I’m making a fuss over nothing. It’s a big pattern of smaller things that, taken in isolation, seem barely worth mentioning. It’s definitely there, and it definitely scares me as a young autistic woman who only just about manages to look after myself without hitting total overload half the time, but I can never quite manage to convey it in words in a remotely satisfactory way.

Luckily, a load of other people already have. Over the past few weeks I’ve come across some really great pieces online about emotional labour, constantly left to women and constantly unnoticed and unappreciated, so I thought I’d share them here:

“Housework is not work. Sex work is not work. Emotional work is not work. Why? Because they don’t take effort? No, because women are supposed to provide them uncompensated, out of the goodness of our hearts.”

Do feel free to share further recommendations (and yes, that can totally include self-promotion) in the comments!

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4 responses to “The Elephant In The Room: Emotional labour link round-up

  1. Author says:

    As I head, at ever increasing speed, towards menopause, the more I begin to think that ‘what ails me’ (and all those ‘women of a certain age’ who have gone before me), is the stark realisation of the theme of this post. We’re not at the mercy of rampaging hormones (or if we are they just allow us to be more free to express ourselves), we’re just bloody pissed off at having been duped for so long, and aren’t prepared to take it anymore. The meta file in particular has been extremely heartening, so thank you for sharing that, as well as for the rest of the post.

  2. AHAHAAAAAAAAA/sob. Yes. To post AND above comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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