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This is an attempt at explaining the relationship between ‘House work’ and ‘Outside work’. The relationship between housework and outside work implies the relationship between man and woman.

When we speak of man-woman relationship what appears generally and immediately is the question of physical relationships only. But man-woman relationships do not simply mean physical relationships, but also labour relations! Physical relationships constitute the natural dimension. However, labour relationships constitute the social dimension. Aspects related to the dimensions of nature are also affected by the nature of the social relationship.

It is indispensable that male and female, young and old, children and the like, all, each one, in the society are involved in the labour relations somewhere or the other, in one role or the other.

It is most essential to understand the social relationships in order to understand the man-woman relationships and the problems arising among them at both the dimensions.

It is only through Marx’s ‘Capital’ that it is possible to understand such categories as labour, value, use-value, money, labour relations etc., that are mentioned in this essay. ‘Capital’ itself is the basis for this essay. But, so many details that find place in it (‘Capital’) will not be found in this essay. We have to understand the limitation of this essay. In 1975, I wrote an essay in Telugu on the question of ‘House work’ under the title: “What sort of ‘exploitation’ is household drudgery and how it will end?” It was at a common sense level and I did not have clarity with regard to the concept of ‘labour relations’ because I was not at all acquainted with Marx’s ‘Capital’ at that time. It follows that we cannot arrive at a proper understanding of any problem unless we know such concepts as ‘labour relations’ and ‘division of labour’ as discussed in ‘Capital’. This fact became evident to me many a time.

- Ranganayakamma

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