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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 20. Thursday, September 7, 1950

The New Man-Woman Relationships

The New Man-Woman Relationships

Raven referred to the changed position of women in our society which has come about in the last few decades. Women are more and more taking an equal part with men—rightly so—and this is being recognised. A further factor is the relaxing of the restraint of the old Victorian society and its morality. The old patterns of behaviour for man and woman are no longer adequate for our society. A new pattern of home life, and youth life, suited to the full contributions of the dual roles, must be built up. And built up by us. The reason why you cannot have an improving society when sex morality is declining is that, if you are the sort of person who takes sex lightly, it will mean that you are the sort of person who regards other people as existing solely for your own enjoyment. People must be valued for their own sake, not for what we can get out of them—sexual pleasure or anything else. This did not imply a need to reinstate Victorian prudery and ignorance. Yet the essence of whether society is good or bad lies in the tenor of human relationships, near and far.