A topic we discussed on R was the extent to which capitalism influences people to turn themselves into commodities.
This article develops this idea further by arguing that capitalism, as an economic system and an ideology, encourages us to accept "productivity" as a primary measure of value or self-worth. The author's own awareness of this practice comes from being disabled, which inhibits her from being "productive" in what is seen as a normal way. However, she makes the case that, in cultural terms, we are all "disabled" by this way of valuing ourselves and others, and, yet, it is deeply embedded in what people in capitalist places do everyday.
One interesting question to think about is whether this kind of thinking would be changed if we participated more in alternative economies, like the ones discussed in class and in this entry, or would we still value ourselves primarily in terms how "productive" we are even with an alternative economy?