May, Homeward Bound Discussion Questions , Ch. 5-8

Ch. 5
How did the norms or societal expectations of sex conform to the reality?

What does she mean by sexual containment?    

What was the impact on those who tried to live up to these sexual social norms?

Ch. 6
What’s May’s argument regarding the larger significance or meaning of procreation and children?

What did children do for fathers?  Why were fathers seen as important to raising children?

How did TV shows provide evidence of changing nature of fatherhood?

 How does May explain the apparent contradiction that birth control did not decrease despite culture emphasizing family and children?

Ch. 7
What was the attraction of the suburban home and what was its impact on the lives of women?

What was the meaning of consumerism for family and couples?

Ch. 8
How does May explain the low divorce rate despite apparent dissatisfaction with the high expectations of marriage?