Erudite & gorgeous.
We live feeling overwhelmed by work, circumvented by the whims of luck, bereaved by injustice.
She hopes for nothing, except fine weather and a resolution. She wants to end properly, like a good sentence.
Beginning with ourselves as women, we know that the working day for capital does not necessarily produce a paycheck, it does not begin and end at the factory gates, and we rediscover the nature and extent of housework itself. For as soon as we raise our heads from the socks we mend and the meals we cook and look at the totality of our working day, we see that while it does not result in a wage for ourselves, we nevertheless produce the most precious product to appear on the capitalist market: labor power. Housework is much more than house cleaning. It is servicing the wage earners physically, emotionally, sexually, getting them ready for work day after day. It is taking care of our children—the future workers—assisting them from birth through their school years, ensuring that they too perform in the ways expected of them under capitalism. This means that behind every factory, behind every school, behind every office or mine there is the hidden work of millions of women who have consumed their life, their labor, producing the labor power that works in those factories, schools, offices, or mines.
Indigenismo glorifies Indian difference (albeit a reformed difference) as a cultural formation. But it is mestizaje that represents perfect citizenship in Mexico, a mestizaje that at once incorporates Indian difference as a source of historical and cultural pride, and yet subsumes it into a sum that is greater than its Indian and Spanish parts. Indians may be Mexico’s ideal ancestors, but mestizos are Mexico’s ideal citizens.Once again we see how Indian difference created by colonialism is rearticulated—indeed, cannibalized—within modern revolutionary citizenship. Indian difference is an essential precedent for this mestizo nation, even as Indians, with their difference, are the continuing targets of educational and cultural reform.