Do more for less

November 29, 2013

diagram diller

In the chapter “bad press “, describes Elizabeth Diller on the definition of property and the relationship of what weinterpret as a public or private space when it comes to the body. I found the text difficult to directly relate to the introductory text. I associated it very much about the efficiency of the household that came with industrialization and the difference it made life for some.

What interested me in the text was how a group of individuals had to change their lifestyle and make great effort to achieve acceptance by society.The perception and understanding of what Diller describes about the increased workload that women had the responsibility to fulfill leads me to these thoughts, Thoughts that make me reflect on the struggle of some people making a greater effort to be seen as equals. In the text, there is a good example of how the efficiency of the household should provide more time for women outside of the household, and thus get the opportunity to work for a salary.  But the requirements for how the household should be handled reached an excessive level with all the technological advances that were made. And therefore making life even more complicated for women.

The many times I have heard of industrialization, it has often been mentioned of the many brilliant inventions and the great progress made ​​in various disciplines. It is easily forgotten of how certain groups of people make more effort to achieve progress in society. And in that period, just like in present time. Women, like minorities or individuals with ethnic background are groups that belong to the category of people who worked more for less. What I have mostly fixed my focus on in the text is the changes that came with the new lifestyle; the demands of certain groups of individuals became higher. And for those groups, insecurity has been built up for a long period of time. And to compensate to society they unconsciously do more to achieve more acceptance by the society.



One Response to “Do more for less”

  1. nenander Says:

    Reading your post, particularly your thoughts on lifestyle and how we value certain jobs, I come to think of another example of how we try to make life easier, and simultaneously overlooking perspective on whom it serves and who’s paying for it. I am thinking of the “RUT-avdraget”, an opportunity to get tax reduction for having professional help with the household work, such as cleaning, doing laundry, cleaning windows etc. I do on one hand appreciate the professionalization of this otherwise unpaid work, that is otherwise mostly carried out by women. I think it can have an equalizing effect if the household work gets valued in economic terms, that way it becomes visible and included in the societal-economic system. But, on the other hand, looking at it from a class perspective, will it only increase the difference between different groups in society, creating a served class and a serving one? What are your thoughts on this?

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