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Sexual division of labour can be defined as a separation of labour along the lines of gender It can be considered to be a cultural behaviour rather than a genetic one One of the outcomes of a sexual division of labour can be argued to have been the idea of women as a separate category in human society or the idea of men and women and so the origin of gender httpwwwartsuwaeduauarchaeologySandra2htm It can be seen in the workforce and within the domestic setting as well as other areas of social activity such as politics The division of labour in public and private settings along gender lines will be considered as will as the possible benefits to women from having this kind of labour division The division of labour by gender within both paid and unpaid work and between them exists in almost all societies and from earliest times even though the nature of the specialised work done by women and men differs significantly by place time and in some cases over the life cycle This division of labour has been accepted historically and culturally as a natural order Yoshie Furuhashi httpcsfcoloradoeduforumsm-fem980271html notes that according to Engels there was a natural division of labour with men specializing in producing the means of subsistence while women worked in the household Thus the concept of the sexual division of labour has always been a historical reality John MacInnes httpwwwbradfordacukacaddppcgendermandmabstractsjmacinneshtml describes this division of labour as patriarchy a kind of gender contract which defines explicitly what people of either sex can do or think The accepted sexual division of labour has meant that womens work has been limited to childrearing and other domestic duties eg housework and limited to the private sphere Men on the other hand have occupied the role of breadwinner or provider for the family with the emphasis on paid labour in the public sphere In cases where women worked outside the house the work
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