Note: I wrote this piece back in 2017 and it’s a point that I keep coming back to in my work with non-men, mostly women and those with multiple margins. A common thread to those who long to follow their calling and do meaningful work is overcoming the impact of colonialism, supremacy, and capitalism and how the three work together to maintain power and dominance of cishet patriarchy. Doing our work is a political act of defiance. In this piece, I unpack some of the layers around capitalism, labor, and economics.
I have a sense, that in an attempt to undo the harmful effects of capitalism, many womxn, femmes, biwoc, those with disabilities, and marginalized folks in general, end up doing too much for free. I see them taking on the emotional and all other forms of labor and absorbing the costs (emotional and otherwise) into their (sometimes) already strained lives, relationships, and finances.
And conversely, I see awesome projects that are abandoned because of lack of leadership, ‘hot potatoing’ responsibility that saddles the last one standing with the cost of labor. These are potentially life changing ideas and projects that can't just be accomplished with a labor of love. And even if someone does it, they often leave the main party resentful. Ultimately, it's unsustainable.
And further, most of the people I have worked with suffer from burn out, exhaustion, unsustainable ways of being that keep us from doing meaningful work for very long.
Let’s break down the (true) costs
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