The text of this video is culled from a survey of 18 female-identified US residents. The ages (not specified in the survey) ranged from mid twenties to mid 60s. Responses in the video are from two questions:
1. How often do you run out of money? If you do run out, how do you feel, and what does it cause you to do? Internally and externally.
2. What forms of economic self defense do you practice? From scams to jobs, how do you get money?
As a way to relay some of the survey responses, I have invited men from the gig economy website ‘fiverr’ to perform some of the responses to two of the most blatantly economic questions in the survey. The decision to deliver the responses in this way was based in my own curiosity– because I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to see men articulate economic or emotional vulnerability, or openly offer detailed advice, share experiences, or to express a desire for solidarity in this way. All in all, my request was rejected by 5 men out of the 20 men I requested to make testimonials. Their rejection came in 1-2 sentences– they kept it professional by saying that they simply do not perform ‘this type’ of material. The request I made to the men working on fiverr acts as a survey with different significance than the original one. If the survey I gave to women and femmes inherently asked ‘How are you surviving in this fucked up world, and are you as uncomfortable as I am?’ then the survey for men said ‘Do you have the courage to allow someone else’s suffering to enter your body and your online profile?’ For some I am sure that the question of performing this came down to ‘How bad do you need money?’. My sense was that these men do experience running out of money, and the emotional overwhelm that results from it. If they don’t, it is because they are doing everything they can to avoid it– working for a highly exploitative on demand gig economy website.