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Marriage

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC214H1
Professor
Bonnie Fox
Semester
Fall

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SOC 214 Lecture 7 Oct 25, 2011 -marriage wasn't only love-based > companionship, happiness -marriage was "the way to go" -"selling" marriage >women's growing rights and images of gender equality >fears of weakening masculinity >worried about declining birth rates -women were allowed to own property, except for Quebec and Alberta -a response of fear... imposed home economics -communities became insecurities to men -heterosexuality became a symbol of being a “man” -divorce rates were going up in the early 1900's -low birth rates > white middle class women -idea of eugenics (?) racist reaction, where one race was better than another -if LBR continue, white population would decline -social purity movement >usually lead by church leaders >there's a moral weakness of the people, the people are sinful, a moral failing -prostitution made people crazy/urban crime -illegitimacy -”the family” >good morals, bed rock of society -another thing that promoted marriage and romance = the development of mass- consumer capitalism/culture >advertisers work hard to sell their products... selling “happiness” -most frequent image portrayed by them = romance, which leads to marriage -it reminds you of what you're worried/anxious abt and heightens that... then markets a product to you that would “help” you -for men marriage also has benefits > having a wife and kid is an emblem of heterosexual, manhood -the gradual achievement of the “family wage” -for ppl to marry and wife to stay home, you have to have a family wage -by 1950s, majority of men were earning enough money to raise their families (family wage) >a growing economy and government subsidies to home ownership >strong (social) pressures on ppl to get married >employers looked for people who were married >women were expected to be at home in the 1950s, sometimes were forced to quit if they were married >sex outside of marriage was really “trickY” for women, therefore must get married... it was okay for men >market forces operating beyond the control of humans >a time of insecurity, give then Cold War. The state's cultivation of that insecurity to regulate the population – with pressures to conform >a generation's experience of hard times and insecurity. People's turn toward private family life (a cocoon), and the enjoyment of greater material comfort (the suburbs) >must guard against moral weakness of our own... prevention of spies from within -if you worked for the CDN gov't, evidence of you being gay, you would be fired, they had their own “secret” therefore they were seemed as being weak >pressure for them to be married -1950s= unusual period > reversal of long-term demographic trends >the age of marriage is reversed (it came down, it was around 19-20) -high teenage pregnancy .... taboo against sex outside of marriage, therefore they were often advised to get married if a girl was getting too close to her bf.. >increased birth rate: there were people who were waiting to have children due to the war, people had children right after they got married and little spac
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