Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Industrial Society: Erotic Riddles

Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Industrial Society: Erotic Riddles Inger Lövkrona, Lund Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Industrial Society: Erotic Riddles1 Little research has been carried out into the social and cultural construction of gender in pre-industrial Swedish society. Women are very often depicted äs having been independent, firm and powerful, responsible for all domestic work and the social equals of their husbands. This description is based on studies of the division of labor between the sexes. The structure of gender relations, the gender System, has been thought of äs Symmetrie and complementary, äs something 'naturaP and functional. Men and women are different but equal to each other. The biological difference, the fact that women give birth to children, is supposed to have predisposed men and women to separate working areas, generating gender-specific qualities, abilities and behavior. Other aspects of the lives of men and women, such äs reproduction and sexuality, tend to be overlooked in this perspective. Studies of sexual norms and behavior, however, indicate a more complex and, in several aspects, a somewhat contradictory picture. Like other European countries, pre-modern Sweden was a patriarchy. Women were regarded in legal terms äs being underaged minors. So long äs they were unmarried, they remained under the guardianship of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Fabula de Gruyter

Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Industrial Society: Erotic Riddles

Fabula, Volume 34 (3-4) – Jan 1, 1993

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0014-6242
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1316-0464
DOI
10.1515/fabl.1993.34.3-4.270
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Inger Lövkrona, Lund Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Industrial Society: Erotic Riddles1 Little research has been carried out into the social and cultural construction of gender in pre-industrial Swedish society. Women are very often depicted äs having been independent, firm and powerful, responsible for all domestic work and the social equals of their husbands. This description is based on studies of the division of labor between the sexes. The structure of gender relations, the gender System, has been thought of äs Symmetrie and complementary, äs something 'naturaP and functional. Men and women are different but equal to each other. The biological difference, the fact that women give birth to children, is supposed to have predisposed men and women to separate working areas, generating gender-specific qualities, abilities and behavior. Other aspects of the lives of men and women, such äs reproduction and sexuality, tend to be overlooked in this perspective. Studies of sexual norms and behavior, however, indicate a more complex and, in several aspects, a somewhat contradictory picture. Like other European countries, pre-modern Sweden was a patriarchy. Women were regarded in legal terms äs being underaged minors. So long äs they were unmarried, they remained under the guardianship of

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Fabulade Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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