PSYC 391 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Victorian Era, Late Middle Ages, Premarital Sex

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Psyc 391 ch3= the history of sexuality: christianity became predominant religion in europe after fall of roman empire and established procreation view of sexuality, western civilization prior to the 20th century, the middle ages (500-1300): Also privately owned prostitution (brothels, bathhouses sprang up as result of exposure to. Arabic bathhouses during crusades: the renaissance (1300-1520) (rebirth): For ppl not in upper class/nobility love was gradually seen as essential in marriage, experience of physical pleasure vital w//in marital sexuality to promote reproduction. Model for protestant family= man as ultimate authority, woman completely compliant/subservient wife and mother and children to be entirely obedient and respectful of parents. If child born less than 9 months after marriage would also be punished: but apparently up to 1/3 of women were pregnant before they were married, age of enlightenment (1700-1820): Rise of disagreements about fundamental beliefs made it safer to question other things (religious disagreement and rise of scientific methods)

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