Stayed at home to raise children “Good Wife’s Guide”: Expectations of women Have dinner ready upon male’s return from work Indicates that the woman had been thinking about him/his needs Entertain him [as his life may be boring] Minimize all noise (i.e. washer/dryer, children) Listen to him- What he has to say is more important.
Don’t complain- Male as the dominant boss figure. If he comes home late, this is a minor issue compared to what he has to do at work. Make him comfortable; Have a drink ready for him. Arrange his pillows and take off his shoes Look attractive ° ° Know why the “Golden 1950’s” weren’t actually so golden. Men suffered PTSD after the war. Men felt the burden of being the sole breadwinner. Women were often viewed as secondary to men. Domestic violence against women was high, but went unreported. o Sometimes considered unacceptable Depression among women was at an all-time high. o Yet women reported being satisfied with their marriage o Women reported wanting something different for their daughters. Those not fitting an ideal family form were chastised. o Rape was even considered legal in many locals [if it was not against a virgin]. ° ° Age at first marriage trends Today: Average age at first marriage is 25 (women) and 27 (men). 1970’s: Men were getting married around 23-24 and women approx. 2 years younger.
Urban areas marry earlier; Rural areas marry later Know the reasons for the changes over the years o People are holding off on marriage for economic reasons. Desire to wait for financial stability o See “Cohabitation” in regards to why individuals cohabit instead of getting married (i.e. homosexuals). ° ° How has teenage pregnancy changed (and not changed) over the years? The number of teen births is approximately the same as it was in the 1950’s; however, the rate is lower. o Due to population increase: Number of births remained steady, but the rate decreased in [inverse] relation to population inflation. Premarital sex is more acceptable Birth control is more widely available Longer window of time to get pregnant outside marriage Social stigma of unwed parenthood is disappearing; Shotgun wedding o Less likely to subsequently marry or give child up for adoption 34% of girls get pregnant at least once before the age of 20. o 80% of those pregnancies are unintentional. U.S. has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the fully industrialized world. 1967: Birth control became legal Roe v. Wade (1973): Legalized abortion in the United States What is the fundamental assumption about interpersonal attraction? Explain.
We are attracted to people/things whose presence is rewarding.
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