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PSYC 436 Lecture Notes - Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, Sex Symbol, Early Christianity

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PSYC 436
Irving Binik

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Family life = role of women not better there than anywhere else, didn’t have many
oObligations for the husband to treat their wives well (1 way was sexually)
oEach husband must provide for their wife (sexually) no matter how many
wives they had
Prostitution = there was a range
oHigher class – were very well respected, and meant not to provide for sex;
higher educated, provided good food, and to escape from whatever was going
on at home
Body part that came important in china – tiny feet
oIntensely sought after
oWhy did tiny feet become a sex symbol? prevented women from getting
aroused, evolutionary (many hypotheses)
Chinese Porcelain Mid 18th Century
Chinese Porcelain, 1662-1722
Biblical Hebrews
Sex is good BUT only for the purpose of procreation
Sexual practices not for procreation was forbidden
Anti-procreation: homosexuality, sex work, abortion strongly prohibited
No sex manuals, but look at the legal writings of Judaism – a lot of discussion of
sexual activity, sometimes in legal context and sometimes not
Early Christianity
Far as we know of Jesus, he was celibate

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oHe condemned adultery HOWEVER when brought the adulterous woman, he
forgave her
St. Paul – sex should be avoided and celibacy preferred
oKnew that it was an ideal but a way of following Jesus
AD – sex as procreation; when done procreating, sex shouldn’t be done
Early church not big on the concept of family or women’s rights – divorce was a sin
(women could not be discarded)
oWomen could be the spiritual equal of man (not in Pagan or Jewish belief)
oMiddle Ages (c 476—1453)
Church continued the taboo POV
oLegislation of positions, view on procreation (OK for procreation),
homosexuality was unacceptable
Church in the middle ages:
oPhenomenon of flatulency – making yourself suffer in order to receive
Victorianism (c 1835—1900)
Never to say anything explicitly – euphemisms
Obsessed w/ the physical hazards of sex – too much sex is bad for you
Masturbation considered a major worry – parents worried that their children would
engage in it during the night
Views on women: not consistent
oIn novels, women portrayed as pure, unattainable, moral superiors – but also
found could be toppled and sexual
oCertainly not interested as men
a drug that treated syphilis
1st birth control clinic
1st pornography film
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