Valeries Unterricht in Athen oder ΤΟ ΜΑΘΗΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΒΑΛΕΡΙ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΘΗΝΑ

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Wiederabdruck aus der Publikation: «Valeries Unterricht in Athen oder Το μάθημα της Βάλερι στην Αθήνα», Sofia Bempeza, Zürich 2014. Produziert im Rahmen der Ausstellung: WIE WIR LEBEN WOLLEN. Kollektive Kämpfe um Care-Arbeit, kuratiert von Katharina Morawek, 11. April – 7. September 2014, Shedhalle Zürich.

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independent greek women in crisis

The video relates to both the condition and the effects of the current rhetorics regarding the greek crisis. To unfold these we focus on the role of contemporary women in Greece in the midst of financial, social and political crisis. While the ‘Greeks’ (almost synonym to ‘laziness’, ‘expenditure’ and ‘corruption’) are called to prove that they are not the ‘bad side’ of Europe, women, one of the weakest groups of the greek society, are expected to contribute to the country’s regeneration in different models. They have to embody new roles as workers, mothers, lovers…Passing from the society of commanded enjoyment in late capitalism, to a society of prohibition (Stavrakakis, 2012), women need to “sacrifice for the country” and turn their precarity into capacity, competence and power, a mission impossible!

by Sofia Bempeza/ Vana Kostayola/ Sofia Fragoulopoulou
@ HOLIDAYS IN GREECE on-going archive on euro/crisis

The Struggle over Reproduction

by Silvia Federici in “Feminism, Finance and the Future of Occupy”

Finance capitalism is not different in nature from capitalism in general. The idea that there is something more wholesome about production-based capitalism is an illusion we must abandon. It ignores the fact that finance capitalism is also based on production and unequal and exploitative class relations, although in a more circuitous way. A feminist critique of financial capitalism, then, cannot be substantially different from a critique of capitalism in every other form. Nevertheless, looking at finance capitalism from the viewpoint of women, we can gain an insight into some of the ways in which our everyday reproduction and the relation between women and capital have changed. (…)

We are told that the crisis “threatens women’s meager gains” and will lead to a further expansion of women’s unpaid and ‘informal’ labor. How many times have we heard these laments, often from women (self-described feminists included) who are totally complicit with the institutional system that is responsible for the policies that have caused the crisis in the first place, over which now they shed crocodile tears?

Clearly employers and the state once again expect women to absorb the cost of the new austerity programs that are being introduced and to compensate both for the cuts in social services and for the increased costs of food, fuel and housing with extra labour, both in the home and outside the home. This is what British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ program is about: downloading the costs of reproduction from society and government onto women – never mind demanding a greater share from corporations and capital, despite the fact that they depend on that reproduction. The financial crisis is an excuse to extend these policies. (…)

I am referring here not only to the fact that there is still evidence of sexism within social movements, but that, in the best of cases, women today can achieve some economic independence only at the cost of “becoming like men,” that is, at the cost of accepting work regimes that make no space for other relations: children, friends, families, and political activism. I have also heard, over and over, young women complaining of the balancing act they must perform in a workplace that expects them to be both ‘feminine’ and competent at the same time. Add to this that many of the achievements of the feminist movement today are in jeopardy.