Some economists describe industrial development as the work of men moving out of the house. (Never mind that in the U.S., initial industrial enterprise in the fabric mills of New England was carried out by women). On the other hand, an anthropologist describing the social organization of African societies in legislative bodies, referred to that as the important work of the men, while the women managed the household and traded in the market.
So, how the work of men is defined varies. Which raises the question of how we are to think about work now that the work of women, and women themselves, have moved out of the house. Indeed, from my perspective, it raises the question whether any work is actually getting done anywhere. Or, are we still eating up our seed corn, the assets produced by prior generations, while other countries send us their surplus, turning us into a sort of dumping ground.
The only thing most households produce anymore is trash. Is that a viable situation in the long term?