chapter  7
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Better than Sex, and Toil and Drudgery

It could be argued that in the complex, globalised, flexible labour markets of the twenty-first century the idea that there are two kinds of work is a nonsense. But the title of this chapter creates a sense that I too have a view that work takes few forms, and that these forms are in effect polar opposites: toil and drudgery or better than sex. In some respects part of the work of this chapter is to be accomplished by establishing this simplified duality, and I acknowledge from the outset the limitations of this strategy. Such a move is inherently simplifying, and in the process of this simplification a great deal of useful, important complexity may be lost. But this simplification has a purpose.