Hustle culture is a dangerous blend of ableism, misogyny, and unfettered capitalism. It’s the message that everyone needs to constantly be working to be successful, and it’s toxic
Hustle culture doesn’t even acknowledge that some people literally can’t work every minute of the day. Many people are unable to work at all, much less work twelve-hour days and weekends without a break
It also ignores the people who have other obligations in their lives, such as childcare, elder care, taking care of a home, and all the other thousands of tasks that people (hint – mostly women) have to accomplish while they aren’t at work.
But a second, and more insidious reason why hustle culture is so toxic is that it sends the message that this is normal. It’s normal not to afford to live unless you are working your entire waking life. It’s normal not to enjoy anything in life.
The truth is that it’s not normal. No human who works forty hours a week should be unable to afford to live