An article that examines the once highly guarded chastity of American women between the years 1912 through 1946:
• Of the women who married before 1912 - 12 percent were non-virgins upon marriage
• Of the women who married during or immediately after W.W. I - 26 percent were non-virgins upon marriage
• Of the women who married between 1922 and 1931 - 49 percent were non-virgins upon marriage
• Of the women who married between 1932 and 1937 - 68 percent were non-virgins upon marriage
The more I read about the Nazis, the more I sense that the term "truth is stranger than fiction" must have been conceived in order to describe them, and this article is a perfect case in point.
Published in 1942, this piece explained the Third Reich's need for a larger population if the Germans were to fulfill "their destiny" and spread throughout all Europe. However, by the early Forties German women were suspect of raising children for Hitler's war machine, despite the fact that the Nazis were going to great lengths to see to it that pregnancy was perceived as highly honorable. The regime sponsored programs titled "Strength Through Joy" and "Healthy Eroticism" in order to encourage more out-of-wedlock births among minors:
"The fruits of the Third Reich Population Policy are shocking indeed. Fifteen and 16-year-old girls are having babies with the blessings of their Hitler Youth leaders. Unwed mothers with illegitimate children have the right to evict married but childless couples from apartment houses...laws are passed entitling unmarried mothers to call themselves 'Mrs.' instead of 'Miss', and providing state subsides for illegitimate children and crushing taxes for childless adults."
You can't make this stuff up!
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"Ever since Sigmund Freud came right out and said in public print that sex is important to happiness, people have been wondering: How important?"
So begins the attached article by the noted psychiatrist Edrita Fried, who expanded upon her introductory sentence by clarifying that Freud never taught that this happiness was entirely dependent upon sex. In the four pages that followed, Dr. Fried illustrated the issue of sex and happiness with assorted case studies from her own caseload, concluding that:
"The achievement of happiness and true sexual fulfillment makes strange demands on us... but no sensible person would say they are too great for the reward they offer."
Somewhat recent surveys on this same topic were conducted by the Social Indicators Research Journal, their findings can be read by clicking the title link above.
"At the beginning of World War II, our army was a mixture of callow boys and and domesticated men. The older men were homesick for wives and children, the younger men felt themselves on the verge of an adventure they didn't quite understand. While most were unsure of themselves, their need for women was painfully apparent...There were plenty of lonely wives, too, and it soon became evident that a fair number of them were committed to the belief that continence was bad for women."
British girls tended to feel that American GIs were sub-standard lovers - read about it here...
From Amamzon: Sex and the American GI in World War II France
"Unemployment permitted a great deal more companionship between young men and young women, which ordinarily would have led to marriage. The only thing lacking was money. The arrangements called, simply, 'living together' became common. Often the man or woman was married, and couldn't get , couldn't afford, or didn't want a divorce. Sometimes the man simply refused to marry, and the woman took him into her home or moved into his as the next best thing."
Following the disastrous 1914 war came a big change in the way men and women approached their relationships with one another. This behavioral shift was the product of numerous elements that swept society - elements that were distinctly modern and unique to the Twenties: movies, jazz, cars, speakeasies and greater job opportunities for young women. These new rules were eagerly agreed upon by both sides and we are certainly the beneficiaries today.
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