I don't have time to think about non-dissertation things right now, which is why I am thinking about non-dissertation things right now.
I've been to a couple of conferences over the past few months, and at each I am invariably asked when/if/why/how I am going on the market. On the market. Apparently we're okay with this phrase--as a people, as a market(place)(thing). And while I am sure the question has already been asked and the answer already given, I still want to know: When did we start talking about jobs as markets and ourselves as objects to be sold there?
(Really, what happened was that I was driving to Indiana and passed one of those animal auction stockade places, and I was all, Oh. Ohhhhhh shhhhhit.)
Most of the time we know we are both object and objectified, and we have to be cool with this because: what else can we do? But then every once in awhile the fabric tears and you flip out a little bit about the ways in which the phrases to which you've tacitly agreed have come to construct you.
Anywho! Check this out!
(ETA: I can't get the whole chart to embed properly, but you can see the full picture by entering job market [no quotes] into the google ngram viewer.)
What you're seeing there is what you probably already knew: we started calling employment the "job market" around about the same time that women were working for parity of employment.
Well, isn't that a surprise. Home again, home again, jiggety jig.