Davis writes that one progressive reformer, Colorado Judge Ben B.
Lindsey, ran an all-out publicity campaign for companionate marriage.
He provided for his wife, and children, if they had any.
He was the protector responsible for the safety of his family.
Meanwhile, birth control was becoming available, and the public was beginning to abandon the 19th century notion that respectable (white) women were naturally disinterested in sex.
In this context, sociologists identified a new sort of union: the “companionate marriage,” characterized by smaller numbers of children, democratic rather than patriarchal organization, and a focus on the emotional and sexual needs of both husband and wife.
The Cultural Results of Married Life in the 1800s and Early 1900s The history of marriage from this time period enriched not only the men and women that lived during the time, but their offspring for generations to come.Davis writes that Lindsey’s ideas largely fell by the wayside until the 1960s.Today, contraception, acceptance of no-fault divorce, and egalitarian relations between husbands and wives are all widespread, though not universal.Davis writes that women’s roles in white, middle-class America were in flux in those years.Women had just won the right to vote, and white-collar jobs were increasingly open to them.