Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Hazards of Manhood

The Hazards of Manhood by Michael Schwalbe — YES! Magazine

Conventional wisdom has it that what capitalists exploit is the labor power of workers—the capacity to do work­—paying less for it than the value it creates. But it could also be said that what capitalism exploits, what it uses up, in the quest for profit is human bodies. This occurs in both the workplace and the marketplace. One way to enhance the exploit-ability of male bodies is to instill in them the desire to be men... the costs of nonconformity—social disapproval, exclusion, shame—lead most people, when it comes to gender display, to stick closely to the script.

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