Two theories I found the most interesting from this set of lecture slides was Poaching and Structural Powerless Hypothesis.
Poaching is something commonly seen in society. I have seen many posts on social media pertaining to this subject. Posts that have become popular talk about once that person enters a relationship it seems like other people come out of the woodwork to express their feelings to them. It almost is like once a person is taken or not available anymore, they become more desirable to others. I guess it’s somewhere along the lines of the phrase “You always want what you can’t have.”
Second, the structural powerless hypothesis discusses the roots and present relevance of why women seek more grounded, successful men. This reminded me of a class I’m currently enrolled in which discusses Jack the Ripper, his victims, and the context of London’s society during the murders. So far, all the victims have been poor women because they have separated from their husbands. We learned there were virtually no options for women to have a financially stable job which would allow them to live on their own. Marriage was not often for love, but for women to be able to survive. Since they had no opportunities and no husbands to support them, Jack the Ripper’s were often sex workers. Sex work was an unstable, dangerous job which still did not guarantee enough money for even a place to sleep.
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