Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 08, 1950, Page 8, Image 8

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    Lost Marriage Lecture Given by Professor Kirkendall
“The most important single
fact about an individual is the sex
to which he belongs,” Lester Kir
kendall emphasized in his fourth
"Marriage and the Family” lec
ture last night.
Titled “Understanding the Other
Sex,” Kirkendall’s talk was the
last of a weekly series sponsored
by the University YMCA and
YWCA.
“All-pervasive” was how Kir
kendall referred to the importance
of an. individual’s sex. He said it
determined social, family, and vo
cational roles; choice of associates;
and reproductive functions.
Differences between sexes are a
chief cause for problems of mari
tal understanding and adjustment,
he said.
“Dominant status of man,” Kir
kendall called a major factor in
sex relationship. Historically, the
masculine is the privileged status.
Women have felt discriminated
against.
Today, however, he said, the si
tuation is changing—man is losing
his “master’s role.” In turn, he is
confused and sometimes resentful.
Marriage is an adjustment from
a competitive to a cooperative si
tuation between sexes, Kirkendall
pointed out, influenced by the
“war between the sexes” in home,
school, and business.
“Many cooperative experiences
involving men and women are
needed to help them work to
gether,” he stressed.
Men and women could work to
gether with more understanding
if they comprehended the fact that
the sexes are taught to play cer
tain social roles, he said.
“The position and objective of
men and women vary in courtship
and marriage,” Kirkendall re
flected, enumerating male “ag
gressiveness,” woman’s age, wo
man’s position in marriage, and
emphasis on feminine beauty.
' “Sex cannot be a casual, transi
tory, episodic experience in the
life of a woman in the same way
it can with a man,” he claimed.
In marriage, while both sexes
lose independence and both must
adjust in different ways, women
usually have the major adjust
ments to make, Kirkendall said.
Men and women, Kirkendall con
cluded, must make conscientious
efforts to understand each other,
have experiences in working and
cooperating, and recognize that
each sex has some unique contri
bution.
For all kids, one of the best yard
rules is stay in your own.
Yiddish Movie on Bill
At Chapman Tonight
“The Vow,” a Yiddish movie,
will be shown at 7 and 9 tonight
in 207 Chapman.
Based on a legend from Yiddish
folklore, the film is the story of
two fathers who make a vow
which influences the lives of their
children. Background for “The
Vow” is a Yeshiva in ancient Vilna.
English titles supplement the
Yiddish dialogue.
Wednesday night movies are
open to the University family only.
Students must show student body
cards for admittance.
Drinks in one cafe are adver
tised to tickle the taster Or do
they mean 'pickle.
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