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For it must be remembered that sexual satisfaction is not alone naked desire. It is that--but sublimated into
finer things as well. It is the desire for stability of affection, for a sympathetic beloved, an outlet for emotion, a
longing for respectable unitary status. The unit of respectable human life is the married couple; the girl wants
that social recognition, and so does her man. Both yearn to cast off from their old homes and start a new one,
as an initial step in successful living. The thought of children--a little form in a little bed, and the man and
woman gazing in an ecstasy of pride and affection upon it--makes all other pleasures seem unworthy and
gives to the ache for intimacy a high moral sanction.
This brings us to the point where we must consider those characteristics that make up domesticity and
homekeeping. Early impressions and the consistent teaching of literature, stage, press and religion have given
to the home a semi-sacred character, which is one of the great components of the desire to marry, especially
for women. The home is, in the minds of most of those who enter into marriage, a place owned, peculiarly
possessed, and it offers freedom from the restraints of society and the inhibitions of ceremony and custom.
Both the man and woman like to think that here is the place where their love can find free expression, where
she will care for him and he will provide for her, and where their children can grow in beauty, intelligence and
moral worth under their guidance. But this is only the sentimental side of their thought, the part they give
freest expression to because it is most respectable and "nice." In the background of their minds is the desire
for ownership, the wish to say, "This is mine and here I rule." Into that comes the ideal that the stability of
society is involved and the homekeeper is its most important citizen, but when we study the real evolution of
the home, study the laws pertaining to the family, we find that the husband and father had a li...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11