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MOTHER = LIFE

Moms are so invisible politically, we are like the ground or the air. When the frick will humanity start recognizing that everyone's proper and eminent good wishes for the planet are more directly dependent upon the well-being/POWER of our own moms, to continue, WITHOUT IMPINGEMENT, making societies which support life..........than it is to any other force? When, when will we decide this?

When we decide we want to live.
Okay all, the movie cited at the very bottom of this page is near to my exact mantra for living, except that I would add the philosophy of the Grameen bank and all organizations which invest in women and girls, as multipliers, who are proven to effect the GREATEST GOOD. Pretty simple math I say laying at our collective feet.

My personal dream is to make a documentary film showing the true politicalness of being a mom, and how much power we have, eventhough it seems we are the only class of citizens who are legally required to work for free. I KNEW that someday really powerful films about moms would come out of the woodwork. If anyone beats me to making such a movie, which I have wanted to do for several years now, then I will be pissed, but happy at the same time! :)

What I am really talking about is caring work/caretaking. Anyone can do it and this is what I encourage most, in all forms, caring over capitalism. Not caring marginalized on the side as a project or something, but in the MAIN. I always talk about moms in the caretaking context coz we practice caretaking more than anyone.

What this means is that MOMS are therefore the greatest force against capitalism and exploitation. I do not want to squander that. As the greatest force against capitalism, there will always be deeply rooted forces to keep MOMS in place, the absolute worst of which is the perpetuation of the beliefs that caretaking is inferior to "real" work, that moms are out of the "workforce," and that moms don't live up to their "potential." Etc.

Well hell. Are there good jobs available anymore?! Careers in non-corrupt corporations? What are the real-life chances that ALL WOMEN--not just superwoman, but the average woman, and god forbid, a woman who was raped or beaten by a man and endures real challenges working alongside men in a man's world----would be able to reach their true potential? Very narrow chances. And feminists encourage us to jump on that hamster wheel for our own good?! Well I am not a hamster wheel feminist.

A better world is possible, and getting to that world will be led by women, just like it always has been and probably always will be The most successful social movements are led by women by not just our numbers, but also with us as opinion leaders. If anyone wants to make a better world....follow women. Women can create a world where good jobs are available. Etc. It's only MATH.

As such, I emphasize to especially support the caretaking work of mothers. Every mother is a one-person executive-judicial-legislative government---a miracle without any checks and balances. This type of work is THE START of all other civic work. We create citizens, and we create society. The same society which will kill or resuscitate this planet.

Paid work. Moms are the workforce which creates ALL OTHER workforces. So I don't get those who say we don't work. Maybe it's because we enjoy our work. Well, the messed up idea that a woman shouldn't enjoy her work has been around a long time. Perhaps this form of misogyny has been taking root in discouraging women to be moms, and we just haven't noticed it. Coz moms eat bon-bons on the couch? Coz moms enjoy hugging their kids? I dunno, I can't make sense of the devaluing of motherhood.

We all should enjoy our work.

Also, what happens outside the factory determines what happens inside the factory, a socialist statement. So the better off things are at one's home base.....the better off paid workers and society will be. Why though, do we only speak of what happens outside of the factory only in the context of rallies and union meetings, etc.? Is it not true that what happens at home determines what happens at those union meetings, etc.? So that what happens at home determines what happens in BOTH the union meetings AND the factory. Pretty important place, the home...

Marx reminds us that the core of capitalist power lies with whoever controls the means of production. Oh jeez, when I first read this, I thought it was about time that moms got their just recognition for reproducing society. But no, somehow, when people started thinking about power through control over the means of production, and about how what happens outside the factory determines what happens inside the factory......somehow the power of women (moms specifically) was totally left out!

We are so invisible politically, we are like the ground or the air. Imagine if the ground or the air was gone? When the frick will humanity start recognizing that our proper and eminent good wishes for the planet are more directly tied to the well-being/power of our own moms, to make, WITHOUT IMPINGEMENT, societies which support life..........than it is to any other force? When, when will we decide this?

When we decide we want to live.

Keeping it real.
Yvette

 http://motherthefilm.com/

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Also........Aimee Allan.........
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiKh9Ko3mw4

hmm... This seems like some deeply essentialist shit 10.Mar.2012 18:10

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Maybe reassess your definitions of people before you wade into critiquing capitalism based on an inaccurate description of folx. I think that you mean well but a lot of people vehemently reject the way that you are trying to frame them, so maybe some gender analysis would help you get a better view of how capitalism and patriarchy have defined these roles as a means to enforce submission. They are not real, and they do not challenge the system, rather they reinforce it.

Ur colonized? 11.Mar.2012 12:55

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You seem to be forgetting that we named the planet "Our Mother" based on our own human mothers. Sorry this stuff gives you such anxiety, maybe you should get some help (from caretakers, of course).....