New Economics is Feminist Economics,
about cooperatively nurturing healthy nutritional investments
rather than WinLose dyspeptic high risk
divestment competition games.
Have you seen a 1950’s Lemonade Wars painting?
Two girls, both white of course,
dressed for young Republican success
scowling at each other on a pristine deserted street
of the tree-lined suburban variety,
arms folded across their angry relentless middle-class chests,
shoulders hunched down for their LoseLose anger battle.
Each stands before her lemonade stand,
across the street from each other,
each with a sign that originally says 10 cents,
but with a bold line across it,
replaced below with a somewhat smaller 5 cents,
also crossed out,
followed by a 2 cents price war notice,
about which the entire neighborhood apparently would not give 2 cents
to get involved.
Would this be less surprising if we were looking at two white boys?
How about two brown-skinned boys?
Does the humor have more of an edge to it?
Or perhaps it’s no longer funny at all.
Maybe more about just another racist stereotype
about not having 2 suburban cents between them,
about what is intelligent multicultural economic behavior.
Do you think it more likely two girls might have formed a cooperative?
Placed their two tables into one larger street presence,
faced their two signs both up and down the street
to better alert oncoming traffic,
rather than aim them across the street at each other
like weapons of mutual disdain,
splitting their take at the end of a lovely day
chattering away with and between more convivial customers.
But, probably less likely for two boys from the 50’s and 60’s.
Today, I’m not so sure.
Perhaps boys and girls, and all between,
are learning a healthier,
way of doing the math,
finding profit through cooperative ecopolitical relationships.
We have feminist psychology and therapy and medicine
and theology and history and sociology
and probably anthropology, for all I know.
Research and theorem proofing and disproofing
more likely to unfold through networking circles
of mutual nurturing
than competitive marching in financial-support squares
of irrational distinctions without seminal difference.
So, why is New Economics not called Feminist EcoPolitics?
Maybe it is, but not where I live
and not where I have read,
but I still hope to see more cooperative lemonade stands
across suburban and urban and rural divides,
blending gender divides to make lemonade out of,
well, whatever you have of potential nourishing value,
discarding over-heated presumptions of competition,
to pour out equivalent assumptions of cooperative ecopolitics,
where Golden Rules apply transgenderally
as Golden Ratios reply transculturally,
producing Golden Elixirs of inclusive consumer satisfaction;
this day we will have done well.