Women and Caregiving. An Obligation or a Satisfaction

I agree with the ideas expressed here. Good food for thought.

The Green Dog Chronicles. My New Life in Navia

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(Adapted and abridged from http://mujerdelmediterraneo.heroinas.net/2012/10/mujeres-cuidadoras-entre-la-obligacion.html ) (Translation: Maritsa Solares Rico)
Women Caregivers: Obligation and satisfaction
Caring is at the present time the most necessary action against patriarchal neoliberalism and inequitable globalization. And yet, today’s societies, like many in the past, undervalue care and relegate it to a natural condition based on social organisation and assigned to those seen as less necessary for economic production.
Nowadays, it is still mainly women who care for others (men, families, daughters and sons, relatives, communities, schoolchildren, patients, people with special needs).
The condition of caregivers gratifies women emotionally and symbolically in a world governed by money, the economic valuation of work and political power. The inherent value of money and power are questioned by the actions of caregivers. The prestige of caregiving, which is conceptualized as ‘maternal’, because it is associated with nurturing, does not serve women for their individual development and neither can…

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One thought on “Women and Caregiving. An Obligation or a Satisfaction

  1. Swarn,

    I enjoyed your summary to this article as much as the piece itself. For me the article points to a sort of entangled mess of concerns related to the way our values shape the structure of our world, and calls for a shift in those values as much as anything else. Which I agree with completely. We’re all sort of caught in the world’s web, and for us to move in new directions can require bucking a strong current. A worthwhile endeavor of course, but one that requires energy and resources.

    Michael

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