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Lecture 6

Lecture 6: Patriarchy, Gender, and Sexuality

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HIST 383
Brian Cowan

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Lecture 6 Patriarchy Gender and SexualityProfessor Brian CowanDate September 16 2011Marriage 1838 Charles Darwin founding father of modern biology at that time he was 29 years old just completed his famous voyage after leaving Cambridge small private income he was about to get married he decided to draw a procon sheet to decide whether he should marry his cousin favourable children constant companion a friend in old age a playmate home classics and music and female chitchat being forced to visit relatives and relations he crossed this off favourable not favourable no children no second life no one to care for someone in old age advantages to bachelorhood freedom choice of society conversation of clever men at clubs not to bend at every trifle not have to visit relatives if wife does not London then banishment children cost money 19th Jan 1839 he married Emma Wedgewood he settled in a remote village in Kent continued work until publishing Origin of Species later reproduction companionship and the potentially civilizing influence of a woman might cramp his style might interfere with work and companionship between other men contract merged the financial matters of two families its about money or land ensure the succession of land from one generation to the next incest was illegal but attractive to families who want to keep stuff in the family cousin marriage a favoured practice among aristocracy also moral and sexual commitment to support one another love the affective concern sense that marriage should be a loving relationship not everyone got married very high celibacy rates in the early 18th c serious and you had to have the means to support a household social expectations marriage was thought to be impossible if you could not support your spouse and children celibacy rates decline to less than 5 growing popularity of marriage throughout the 18th c social status number of men feeling socially and financially ready to enter into a relationship rise in rural marriages apprentices cannot get married so urban rates are not as high as countryside half of people over the age of 21 would remain unmarried in London not necessarily without sex but marriage more difficult to achieve
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