Summary of Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless
On Negotiating the False Idols of Neoliberal Self-Care
The Baffler, 2016
The coercive aspects of modern “wellness” ideologies shouldn’t make “ self-care” anathema to the political left.
Faced with modern “wellness” ideologies which imply that all life’s problems can be solved with a better exercise routine or change in mind-set, it’s little wonder that many on the progressive left reject the notion of self-care altogether. But, as author and editor Laurie Penny persuasively argues in this article, rejecting self-care entirely, in favor of “despair” and unhealthy habits, won’t solve social problems either. Society needs a new view on self-care – one which recognizes its value, as well as its potential for coercion. getAbstract recommends Penny’s perspective to political progressives.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why modern “self-care” ideologies are deceptive,
- How the political left has reacted to self-care ideologies and
- Why the left’s blanket rejection of self-care merits revision.
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