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family_lec13_sexuality_pt1_3pg - 10/26/2010 Sexuality...

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10/26/2010 1 Sociology of the Family Prof. Dawne Mouzon Sexuality 1 Heightened Importance of Love and Sexuality 2 Romantic love is now the basis for family formation Institutional companionate marriage (1920s-1980s) Characteristics of companionate marriages: Consequences of selecting a spouse based on romantic love: Greater tendency to idealize the partner Attach greater importance to sexual intimacy Ironically, both factors contribute to high levels of divorce and remarriage Intimacy: 4 Themes 3 1. Love and/or affection 2. Personal validation 3. Trust 4. Self-disclosure Hook et al. 2003
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10/26/2010 2 12 Central Attributes of Love 4 Trust Caring Honesty Friendship Respect Concern for the other’s well-being Loyalty Commitment Acceptance of the other the way s/he is Supportiveness Wanting to be with the other Interest in the other Beverly Fehr (1988) Behavioral Aspects of Love 5 Verbally expressing affection, such as saying “I love you” Self-disclosing, such as revealing intimate personal facts Giving nonmaterial evidence (i.e., offering emotional and moral support in times of need and showing respect for other’s opinion) Expressing non-verbal feelings such as happiness, contentment, and security when the other is present Beverly Fehr (1988) Behavioral Aspects of Love 6 Giving material evidence (i.e., providing gifts or small favors or doing more than the other’s share of something) Physically expressing love (i.e., hugging, kissing, other sexual activity) Tolerating and accepting other’s idiosyncrasies, peculiar routines, or annoying habits (i.e., forgetting to put the cap on the toothpaste) Beverly Fehr (1988)
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3 Heterosexual Courtship 7 Mate selection used to involve family and community. Today? The overarching factor contributing to this trend: independence of youth, caused by the following factors: 1. The importance of education 2. The decline of rural America 3. The lure of cities 4. Changing work patterns 5. More freedom for women Result regarding parents’ control over youth mating choices? Variations in Dating Practices By gender By social class The declining role of college campuses Waller’s principle of least interest By race Also somewhat structured by social class 8 Teen/Young Adult Sexuality Adolescents today have more sexual freedom than did the preceding generations. They have become sexually active earlier than their parents (~17). ~50% of teenagers have had sexual intercourse by the time they finish high school. U.S. has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy. Contributing factors regarding these trends:
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