This chapter discusses the outlook of the necessary labour debate and the theories on the exploitation of women as wives and carers. It addresses the claim that an ethic of care can function as an oppressive ideology that serves to perpetuate women's part in the sexual division of labour by making them continue to care even when such care is exploitative in nature. It reconsiders the flaws in Nel Noddings' concept of caring and compares her overall theory with a proposed conception of women's work as care.
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