In Quotes: Relationship Labor, Fat Salaries, and Plastic Beaches


| 3/11/2009 10:07:53 AM


Tags: Great Writing, In Quotes, marriage, relationships, Briarpatch, Room, Lapham's Quarterly, Earth Island Journal, Danielle Maestretti,

Worker sign“We all know that ‘good marriages take work.’ There it is again, work: the cornerstone of our society. Wage labour, relationship labour—are you ever not on the clock?”

—The CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective, “Adultery and Other Half Revolutions,” from Briarpatch

 

“[W]e all have the freedom to choose the identity that most reflects our aspirations. I’ve let go of the tropes of the moment, ways others define my identity—blackness, femaleness, bisexuality, Americanness, able-bodiedness. I work to cultivate an identity that is more nuanced, more intuitive than these blanket terms.”

—Rebecca Walker, interviewed by Joy Gugeler, from Room (not available online)