IS-5-SexMarriage

IS-5-SexMarriage - SOC 1004 spring 2008 Neal King Tuesday,...

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SOC 1004 spring 2008 Neal King
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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traditional wedding vows: O Love, honor, and obey vs. cherish b How did men come to treat women like property?
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Genetic inheritance accounts for ½ of behavioral variation among humans. O Sexual dimorphism, and the tendency of newborns to exhibit random mutations O Mutations affect reproductive success, O … with long term consequences for gene pool.
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Sexual aggression O Jealousy O Competition O Preference for own progeny O Ancient patriarchal family structure and civil rights O Contemporary crime rates O Overall result: Possession and exchange of women by men
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Move from labor-intensive agrarian production changed everything: O Family is no longer the unit of production. O Individuals leave family homes for employment. O Children are no longer is such high demand. O Male citizens assume remunerative positions. O Women, immigrants, and former slaves are kept to subsistence service work.
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Husband duties: a breadwinning O occasional repair O protection O governance Wife duties a food prep O cleaning, mundane repair O reproduction O sexual submission O nurturance O Lifelong provision/exclusive sexual access
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Women, immigrants, and former slave communities slowly take family-wage jobs in order to support families. O Gender and racial/ethnic difference slowly, and with much struggle, lose salience. O Civil rights laws are rewritten under pressure. O Public displays of violence by male citizens against women, immigrants, and former slaves loses legitimacy by the end of the 20 th century.
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When economic incentives for maintaining solidarity groups diminish, sentimental ones take their place … O … and rates of participation drop. O
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IS-5-SexMarriage - SOC 1004 spring 2008 Neal King Tuesday,...

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