Argument: Early teenage sex and marriage were common in Medieval Europe, as in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet where the heroine is 13 going on 14. Fictional portrayals, such as Game of Thrones, also give us an accurate glimpse at what sexual and marriage customs might have been like (sex and marriage to very young women was acceptable). In the past old enough to bleed, old enough to breed was the norm.
My answer in brief: Wrong.
I wish I had access to like JSTOR and other databases because I really want to read some of the articles cited here (especially the one mentioned at the end, “Oral Contraceptives and Early-Term Abortifacients during Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages”). Soon, soon I hope
Hey! Let me know if you’d like a free 10-day trial for JPASS - individual access to JSTOR. There’s more than 1,700 journals available, I’m happy to set you up.
A patron walked up to the reference desk and asked for the book “To Kill a Mockingjay.”
THIS IS PERFECT. Also:
So, I rented Snowpiercer this weekend and OH. MY. GOD. I am fully on board.*
I also read this io9 article on how Gnosticism influenced the movie. This theory speaks to most of my sensibilities, considering I was required to take an extraordinary amount of theology in college and Gnosticism was, by far, my favorite to study.**
To play off that theme a little, here’s a couple of articles on JSTOR to provide some background on Gnosticism:
- The Present State of Gnostic Studies
- Ophite Gnosticism, Sethianism, and The Nag Hamadi Library - don’t get weirded out by this title like I did, they explain everything in the first paragraph.
- Go read The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels.
*Bad train puns are bad.
**Except for the time I got really enamored with the religion that W.B. Yeats MADE UP, but that’s another story.
— Elaine Strich. Rest in peace, you magnificent woman.