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October 5, 2014

All Gold Everything: labor and economics
Organized by Conversations With Women and failed projects

This is the first in a tripartite series of thematic, speculative discussions in the context of All My Little Words organized by Conversations With Women and failed project. These conversations aim to bring together alternative viewpoints, skipping from politics to play to theory and everything in between. Non-prescriptive thematic prompts for the three conversations and notes from the discussions can be found below and on Conversations With Women.

"[G]lobalization in all its capitalist forms—structural adjustment, trade liberalization, low intensity warfare—is in essence a war against women."
- Silvia Federici, Women, Globalization, and the International Women’s Movement

“Money, Power, Glory” is the recognition that the material inequalities of the world play out in such a way that their dismantling must in the first place be their recapture—and that will include “dope and diamonds,” inebriation, and exploitation. Contra Audre Lorde’s argument that “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”—or, indeed, the singer Lorde’s claim that “that kind of luxe isn’t for us”—Del Rey understands that the master’s house and the master’s tools are all there is, and if they enjoy it so fucking much, despite doing nothing to get it, then a transitional demand for as much excessive pleasure as possible is only fair in its unfairness. - Nina Power, "Run, Boy, Run," The New Inquiry

"Communication and multitasking, of course, are precisely the “soft skills” of emotional labor that define the post-Fordist work environment, especially within majority-women professions. In The Managed Heart, now the reference text on emotional labor, Arlie Hochschild describes this work as that which “requires one to induce or suppress feeling in order to sustain the outward countenance that produces the proper state of mind in others.” Along with flight attendants, waitresses, and care workers, among many others, publicists exchange affect for wages — specifically in the form of networking with colleagues, pitching media, and managing clients. According to Hochschild, successful iterations of emotional labor require “deep acting,” or a significant degree of identification with one’s emotional performance. The constant negotiation between one’s work role and one’s own feelings that all emotional labor necessitates enacts a psychological toll on workers." - Jennifer Pan, "Pink Collar," Jacobin