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today we spent a big chunk of class watching a really amazing documentary, called who's counting. it came out of the NFB, and is about a woman politician from new zealand, but i had somehow never heard of it or her.

it was really well put together and engaging (maybe not the #1 most engaging documentary i've seen all year, but there's stiff competition). it had beautiful photography of new zealand that gave me hobbit feels, but mostly it had this remarkable and amazing woman who accidentally became a member of parliament, spoling a perfectly good career as a musician. her interest in helping disadvantaged women, in calling out how ridiculous our economic system is (for giving me the opportunity to learn that it's based on how britain was going to pay for WWII), in rethinking how to calculate value are all so refreshing. despite the age of the documentary, its subject, and her career, refreshing is the most accurate way to describe the entire experience of watching it.

i can't understand how there isn't a biopic about this woman's life - about all the women who's lives she's touched. in the deep of the backlash against feminism - no matter how well the year of war on women ended in terms of the make-up of the US senate, i still believe we have yet to reach the zenith on the backlash for so many reasons i can hardly enumerate them all here - it would be so inspiring to see this story of this woman in a way that would be accessible to mass audiences of women. to see what seems impossible be possible, to unlearn and denaturalize our economic system which devalues us and acts to ensure that if we want to marry men we're likely to get one who thinks cooking and cleaning are not real work.

i also really enjoyed her pedantic insistence on bringing out the etymology of words like radical and economics. i love etymologies, this makes her a woman after my own heart, but the best part is that i only knew one of them. i knew that radical means "from the root" but not that "economics" means "the care and management of a household." that really puts a different light on things, doesn't it? the domesticity has been erased from the term and make the very things its about ineligible by robbing domesticity of recognition. and at the time i couldn't help but think - how redundant does that make the term "home economics," because what other kind are there?

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November 2013

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