Event • Dallas

It’s Time To Recognize The Value Of ‘Women’s Work’ on Think

The pandemic clarified which jobs are essential – and a takeaway is that many of them are also what is often considered “women’s work.” Type Media Center reporting fellow Sarah Jaffe joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how Covid lockdowns made it clear how much Americans rely on care workers – and how little […]

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Radio Four Today Programme

I was on the BBC’s Today Programme to talk about the labor shortage, employer perks, and why, as ever, Work Won’t Love You Back.

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Work Won’t Love You Back on Moonbeaming

I joined Sarah Faith Gottesdiener on the Moonbeaming podcast to talk about Work Won’t Love You Back.

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CBC Radio’s Day 6: Games Workers Organize

I joined CBC Radio’s Day 6 this week to talk about the workers’ walkout at video games company Activision Blizzard.

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Work Won’t Love You Back at Upstream

I joined the Upstream podcast to talk about Work Won’t Love You Back.

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Work Won’t Love You Back on On The Job with Francis Leach and Sally Rugg

I joined the On the Job podcast in Australia to talk about Work Won’t Love  You Back.

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A Labor Struggle on Delete Your Account

I joined Roqayah and Kumars at Delete Your Account again for a special episode, check it out.

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This is Our Moment on the Double Shift podcast

I joined the Double Shift podcast to talk about Work Won’t Love You Back and women’s work in the pandemic.

Event • London

Work Won’t Love You Back at the Open University

As we are approaching international workers’ day, come and join Sarah Jaffe as she talks about why Work Won’t Love You Back – a book in which she examines the prevalence of the ‘labour of love’ myth: the idea that certain work is not really work, and should be done for the sake of passion rather than […]

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Work Won’t Love You Back on The Professor Is In Podcast

We are delighted to host Sarah Jaffe, the author of the new book, Work Won’t Love You Back: How Our Devotion to Our Work Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (2021). Sarah’s book talks about academics (“Proletarian Professionals”) as one among many groups of laborers in fields that include art, sports, non-profits, teaching, domestic work and more, that try to make laborers substitute “love” for adequate compensation. Sarah brilliantly and energetically breaks down just how, if the neoliberal turn hinges on choice and freedom, then the apparatus for choice is an apparatus for blame. And, as labor conditions got worse, the more you are supposed to perform your “love” for the job. About the academy specifically she observes that just as white women and people of color are scratching their way in, the conditions collapse and a rhetoric of self-sacrifice, austerity and martyrdom is supposed to prevail.  Drawing inspiration from Ettarh’s concept of “vocational awe” (2018),  Karen and Sarah* talk about resisting the coercive nature of uncompensated and unsafe (in the pandemic) work, and how to improve these conditions by replacing individual competition with an investment in our wider community.