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 especially dramatic corrections for young ladies who have consumed changing tips about sex, wedding, and gender equality, and who may 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 corrections and, especially, exactly just exactly how young married women’s lives are affected by the truth of male infidelity and a persistent gendered double standard about the acceptability of extramarital intercourse. Continue reading “Promiscuous Girls, Good Spouses, and Cheating Husbands: Gender Inequality, Transitions to Marriage”