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Question 1

When Anne Kingston (2005) writes of the ‘alternating currents of wifelash and wifelust’, she means

a.) Feminists like Gloria Steinem alternately opposing marriage and desiring it for themselves.

Question 2

What are the changes in romantic love that contemporary sociologists have identified as crucial to the idea of the wedding today?

b.) Intimate relationships today are about choice (freely choosing one’s partner, and the levels of equality within a relationship) and weddings today mark that choice as part of their essential character. This is because under capitalism now people construct themselves as self-managing ‘individuals’, whereas earlier, they constructed themselves as ‘men’ and ‘women’ according to the role requirements of the nuclear family. There is more investment in romance today (as a sanctuary in world full of insecurity).

Question 3

In the account of contemporary weddings by Sharon Boden (2007), the relationship between ‘romantic’ emotion and consumption should be theorised, in the end, as one in which

c.) love is never authentic as it is stage managed by the bride who is driven by consumer exploitation and false fairy tale fantasies

Question 4

Which shift in meaning is NOT recounted by Niyi Awofeso in “Wedding Rings And The Feminist Movement” (2002), according to the lecturer in GEN210 Lecture on weddings, 2013?

c.) The early pagan idea of the wedding ring (which had symbolized the iron manacles of forced capture of the woman by a man as his bride) was revived in the early Catholic idea of having a ring to signify monogamous marriage as a Christian sacrament. This influenced the popular development of the contemporary meaning of the wedding ring, symbolizing love and commitment (with mutual, fidelity to guard against sexual jealousy)


Kingston, Anne, (2006). The meaning of Wife. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Casey, E., & Martens, L. (2007). Gender and consumption: Domestic cultures and the commercialisation of everyday life. Aldershot [u.a.: Ashgate.