Care work was already work earlier than the pandemic, and there was already a disaster. However the coronavirus pandemic made the disaster exponentially worse. Sarah Jaffe takes on the coverage and private roots of that disaster in a searing, rage-filled piece that you just actually ought to learn, from the components about motherhood and the lads who get let off the hook, to the welfare rights motion, to—particularly—the half about lecturers throughout COVID-19 and the best way they’ve been scapegoated in debates about in-person training.
That is the crux of it: “Get Covid and die, get written about in glowing phrases,” she writes. “Collectively refuse to die (or to unfold the virus to your college students and their households), and your ‘allies’ will start to threaten you.”
Lecturers, she writes, have been “goddamn superheroes,” and, “If we, collectively, gave a shit about children’ studying circumstances, they might not be attending overcrowded faculties with awful air flow; historical, crumbling textbooks; ice-cold water within the sinks; and no nurses. Lecturers wouldn’t be those bargaining for smaller class sizes and counselors within the buildings and inexperienced area and recess time. They’d not be sharing photos of mold and mouse droppings of their buildings on-line. Or they might, however they’d have precise help from all the present scolds. They wouldn’t must be superheroes; they might be human, grieving, depressed, struggling, messy, and mortal like the remainder of us.”
That. All of that. Read the whole thing.