When it comes to who does the caring and the housework, it’s time for us to call out sexism for what it is, says Saida Ali . “Woke” policies will never be enough if individuals fail to change their own behaviour.
The way we approach care work is undeniably gendered. It’s not considered ‘work’ because men have defined what constitutes ‘work’, and traditionally men haven’t done much caring. There is a circular (il)logic at play: we don’t value care because we assume women should be doing it, and because women do it, we don’t value it.
The government has outsourced residential adult care and most provision is privatised. Many care homes are owned by hedge funds that operate on high risk high return principles, expect a 12% annual profit, avoid tax payments, and either flip the companies once the profit has been stripped or load the company with debt in order to leverage more debt for other activities. How can we let this happen?