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Chapter 13 Sexuality During the Adult Years
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Single Living Increasing rates May reflect change in societal attitudes Celibacy or long-term monogamy Serial monogamy Single persons engage in sexual activity less often & are less satisfied than married persons
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Cohabitation Domestic partnership – committed relationship without legal marriage Cohabitation vs. marriage Less traditional gender-role attitudes Less desire to have children More equity in household tasks In marriage, women marry up More nonmonogamy Older folks
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Cohabitation (cont’d) 50% more likely to get a divorce except if this is woman’s only sex partner
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Men’s Cohabitation Rates by Educational Level
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Marriage: Stable families convey social norms Defines rights of inheritance Regulate sexual behavior Associated with better health Takes different forms in different cultures Question of same-sex and interracial marriage
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Marriage: Contemporary Cross-Cultural Comparisons Collectivist cultures: Emphasize group goals over individual Marriage unites families not two individuals Arranged marriages common Emphasize needs of family, community, or religion; de-emphasize love Polygamy Individualistic cultures: Emphasize feelings of love Importance of love is a recent innovation
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Polygamy Collectivist cultures Most common form of marriage across ages Now, opposition from women who don’t want to share man, move toward individualism HIV
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Polygamy (cont’d) Against law in all 50 states 92% of adults oppose Part of Mormon church history
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Miscegenation – illegal until 1967. 5% of all marriages, 10% of those in CA
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