WTF is Reproduction #4: When is care bad and when is it good? (Bristol)

22 June 2019

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Venue: Tyndall House Community Room (opposite Volunteer Tavern), Great George St, St Judes, BS2 9ED

Organiser: Women's Strike Assembly & Bristol Plan C

Women’s Strike Assembly & Bristol Plan C. Plan C is an anti-capitalist organisation with a countrywide structure depending on its local groups. Bristol Plan C formed in winter 2019.

WTF is Reproduction? A series of feminist educational workshops on work, gender and capitalism

Feminist education to build up the politics of our movement in an inclusive, non-academic, accessible way, based on talks, workshops and open discussion which allows space for questions, doubts and collective learning.

WTF is Reproduction is the first series of feminist educational events that will take place during the Anti University Festival, and explores the relationships between work, gender and capitalism.

WTF is Reproduction #4: When is care bad and when is it good? Our care work is powerful, and yet it makes us powerless. Every day, all over the world, we care for others: we cook, shop, clean, chaperone, comfort, listen organise…….the list is endless. We do this for those we love: our kids, partners, parents, friends, neighbours. This tiring, repetitive hard work is unpaid and often Unseen. It’s our work that reproduces humans, keeps the world turning and profits flowing. But our care work can also empower us, for through caring we learn how to understand and support one another.

Taking inspiration from Italian feminist Balbo (1987) who describes women’s care work ‘as the sorting, piecing and patching together of goods and services into a crazy quilt’, in this participatory workshop we will share our lived experience of care work, from the making of meals and homes, to the emotional work of responding to others needs.

Together we will make quilts to explore the different dimensions of care in the context of an increasingly individualised society which punishes carers, examining the good and the bad, what empowers and disempowers us.

Our objective is to identify alternatives to current corporate child and social care provision, which is amongst the most expensive in the world, explore dilemmas and formulate our demands for good, fair and empowering care work.