Lotta Femminista/Wages for Housework
Tues 8 Sep, 7 – 9pm
SPACE Mare St
Free & open to all
Led by Helena Reckitt
This monthly reading group on feminisms, consciousness-raising and leave taking considers the resonance of earlier moments of feminist thinking, art and activism in contemporary life. Juxtaposing texts from the 1970s and 1980s with current positions, the group highlights feminist concepts of intimacy, communication and collectivity. The relevance of the practice of consciousness-raising, or autocoscienza within Italian feminism, is explored. Might a return to such tactics help us to combat the exhaustion, fragmentation and anxiety that we experience under networked capitalism today? What are the potentials, and pitfalls, of such collective processes of talking, listening, and analysing?
The meeting focuses on the debate around domestic labour exemplified in the campaign for Lotta Femminista/Wages for Housework. We will also discuss counter positions against, again drawing materials largely from the Italian feminist tradition.
Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James, ‘The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community,’ 1972 [start p.16, ‘Surplus Value and the Social Factory']
Silvia Federici, Wages Against Housework, 1975