I have a computer.
“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.”
I hate the pushing of the concept that everyone can “do what they love” and still survive. Capitalism doesn’t work that way. Unless every ballerina or football player or high-powered lawyer also moonlights as a construction worker, or a janitor, or a waitress, there are going to be a fuckload of essential industries that fall apart.
Capitalism requires that someone be stuck with the short stick, performing the work that the rest of us don’t want to do. And then, of course, those on top throw down, along with their shit work and actual shit, shitty advice that shames and demeans those who don’t have the fancy jobs.
I can see what you mean by that, but I don’t think the phrase was designed to indicate that you should ONLY do what you love, and ignore the necessity elsewhere. Alternatively, it’s implying that employment is what one loves. One could do what they love by writing songs in a book in their free time, or being a father or mother. One could do what they love by feeling like they provide a necessary construct, rather than a frivolous abstract. If I may rework the phrase to accommodate:
"Try to do what you love, even if it’s just an hour in the life you have to lead."
hilariously ironic that straight allies on this website probably spend more time arguing with the queer community than actually supporting it
Arguing with is not the same as oppressing, and the existence of arguments does not detract from any support they may have for the individual they’re arguing with.