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Is a Science of Caring Possible?
Is a science of caring possible?
Margaret J.Dunlop

Man's love is of man's life a thing apart ‘Tis woman's whole existence.

(Byron, Don Juan, Canto 1, 194)

Today, under the influence of the feminist movement, we may be more inclined to see Byron's poetic statement as representative of the material life conditions of 19th-century middle-class women rather than as expressing an eternal truth about female nature. We might also be inclined to tie the denuding of male existence—the. separation of “love” from “life”—to the mode of commodity production and its “rational” division of labor that relegated “love” to the place of a leisure-time activity outside the ambit of “life,” which was equated with work.

If we look at the so-called leisure of middle-class Victorian ...

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