Posted by Lesley on March 21, 1998 at 00:18:26:
In response to Laurence Stone's other book, written by P. Bingham on March 20, 1998 at 13:50:16
Thus was a change in the attitudes towards premarital sex on the part of some workingclass women, a change of economic circumstances which left the male seducers more free to refuse their traditional obligation to marry the girls whom they have empregnated.
] An important and tragic result of this decline of family and community protection of single girls, especially in domestic service or a small workshop, was that they were increasingly persued by sexual exploitation. Without the protection of parents, kin, neighbors, ministers or local opinion, these girls were easy victims of seduction by theri masters, who then dismissed them when they became pregnant.
The change in attitude toward premarital sex, fathers not marrying and supporting the mother and child, young girls succumbing to early sexual activity at the hands of older males. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose!
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