Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change

Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change

by Rickey Gard Diamond


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The personal is not only political, it’s also economic and sexual: as a society, we’re encouraged to view economics as objective science far removed from us—when in reality it has concrete and far-reaching effects on our everyday lives.

In Screwnomics, Rickey Gard Diamond shares personal stories, cartoons, and easy-to-understand economic definitions in her quest to explain the unspoken assumptions of 300 years of EconoMansplaining—the economic theory that women should always work for less, or better for free. It unpacks economic definitions, turns a men-only history on its head, and highlights female experiences and solutions. encouraging female readers to think about their own economic memoir and confront our system’s hyper-masculine identity.

In the past fifty years, the US has witnessed a major shift in economic theory, and yet few women can identify or talk about its influence in their own lives. Accessible and inspiring, Screwnomics offers female readers hope for a better, more inclusive future—and the tools to make that hope a reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631523182
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 17.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rickey Gard Diamond began writing in the midst of big political change and growing American differences. In 1985, she became founding editor of Vermont Woman, where she continues today as a contributing editor. She taught writing and literature, feminist and media studies at Vermont College of Norwich University for over 20 years, while publishing articles and short fiction. In 1999, Calyx Books published her novel, Second Sight, which was reissued by HarperCollins in 2000. Her short fiction, published in literary journals, was recently issued as a collection titled Whole Worlds Could Pass Away. She was awarded a Hedgebrook fellowship in 2014 to create a book on economics that she envisioned would include cartoons and be readable and even humorous.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I No-Woman's Land: Economic Thinking for Men Only

Chapter 1 Talking Dirty about Dirty Secrets: Unpacked Definitions: Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Commodities, Inflation 3

Chapter 2 No Girly Stuff Allowed: Unpacked Definitions: Income, Investment, Interest, The Informal Economy, Economy & Ecology 13

Chapter 3 Two Kinds of Men: Unpacked Definitions: Supply & Demand, Aggregate Supply & Aggregate Demand 25

Chapter 4 Played by the Players: Unpacked Definitions: Property & Assets, Consumer Markets, Stock & Commodities Markets 35

Part II His Latest Big Bust, 2008: EconoMan Keeps Profits But Shares Costs

Chapter 5 Learning Consequences the Hard Way: Unpacked Definitions: Capital, Mortgage, Compound Interest, Credit, Debit, Securities, The Washington Consensus 53

Chapter 6 Women's Work Is Never Done: Unpacked Definitions: Bear & Bull Markets, US Treasury Securities, Credit Cards, Futures, Derivatives, Bankruptcy 65

Chapter 7 A Watched Pot Never Boils: Unpacked Definitions: Millions, Billions, Trillions 77

Chapter 8 No Place Like Home: Unpacked Definitions: Mortgage Securities, TARP, Redlining, Due Diligence, Moral Hazard 87

Chapter 9 Proof of the Global Pudding: Unpacked Definitions: Ratios; Quintiles; The World Bank, the IMF, and WTO 101

Part III His Story of Woman: Females Are for Sex and Food-Or Else

Chapter 10 Mom's Sugar Bowl-1776-1965: Unpacked Definitions: Opportunity Cost, For-Profit, Nonprofit, Un-Profit 115

Chapter 11 Egg Money-40,000 BCE-1965: Unpacked Definitions: Production, Capital Accumulation, Consumption 127

Chapter 12 A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned-1965-Now: Unpacked Definitions: Pareto Efficiency, Wall Street, Main Street 141

Part IV His Embodied Fictions: Collective Bodies of Nations, Corporations, and Labor Must Always Perform as Men at War

Chapter 13 Out of the Mouths of Babes: Unpacked Definitions: Double-Entry Accounting, Audit, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), UN System of National Accounts (SNA), Bottom Line, Gross National Happiness, Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI), Time Accounts, SWEIs 155

Chapter 14 His Manly Largeness: Unpacked Definitions: Corporation, Stock & Shares, Property & Real Estate 167

Chapter 15 She's in Labor!: Unpacked Definitions: Salary, Wages, Workday, Workweek 183

Part V Banks And Big Fixes: Systemic Financial Changes for Widespread Prosperity

Chapter 16 All About Money-And Yes, It Does Grow on Trees: Unpacked Definitions: Externality, Exponential Growth, Hedge Funds 199

Chapter 17 More Than One Way to Skin a Cat: Unpacked Definitions: Women's Banking, Credit Unions 215

Chapter 18 Ending the Old Double Standard: Unpacked Definitions: Taxes, National Spending & National Debt, Women's Economic Status, Ethical Investing, EroNomics 229

Chapter 19 A Real Fixer-Upper: Unpacked Definitions: US Income Tax, US Capital Gains Tax 245

Chapter 20 The Personal Is Powerful and Plentiful: Unpacked Definition: Demurrage 261

Epilogue 271


Acknowledgments 273

Chapter Endnotes 275

Glossary 293

Unpacked Definitions Index 297

Recommended Reading 299

About The Author 301

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