Promiscuous Girls, Good Spouses, and Cheating Husbands: Gender Inequality, Transitions to Marriage

Promiscuous Girls, Good Spouses, and Cheating Husbands: Gender Inequality, Transitions to Marriage Daniel Jordan Smith The change from premarital intimate relationships and courtship to wedding and parenthood in southeastern Nigeria involves specially dramatic modifications for young ladies who have actually consumed changing a few ideas about sex, wedding, and gender equality, and who have had active premarital sexual life. These women must transform from being promiscuous girls to good wives in the eyes of society. This paper examines these modifications and, especially, exactly how young hitched women’s lives are influenced by the truth of male infidelity and a persistent gendered dual standard concerning the acceptability of extramarital intercourse. In Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, like in a number of other components of the planet, young adults increasingly suppose being in love is just a foundation to get hitched (Hirsch and Wardlow 2006, Cole and Thomas 2009). Historically, the increase of intimate love as a marital ideal has often been observed to be connected with greater sex equality, as alterations in expectations for and methods in wedding are associated with the erosion of a highly intercourse segregated unit of work. In lots of settings, transformations within the characteristics of marital closeness have now been interpreted as providing ladies the alternative of utilizing psychological leverage due to their husbands to negotiate more equitable domestic plans (Collier 1997, Hirsch 2003, Rebhun 1999). However in Nigeria alterations in wedding plus in the general...

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