The Industrial Revolutionfirst emerged in Great Britain.
Between 1750, to 1850, the IndustrialRevolution would lead a growth in capitalism, and changes in local European andother world economies. A big cause to all of this change was the assembly line,and factory based work. To make factories more productive and efficient, thefactories themselves decided to determine when the starting and stopping timesfor work would be.
That determined when workers could eat lunch or go home. Withthe development of factory based labor during this time, it led to a higher illegitimacyrate, because of the increase of child labor and increase of women in the workforce (Mitchell J. & Mitchell B). Which brings up Shorter’s argument. Shorter is arguingthat the urban job opportunities created from the Industrial Revolutionencouraged women to adventure out to embrace economic and social freedoms thatcome with sexual relations (Shorter). Shorter stated that young unmarried womenin the free-market work force was linked to fooling around before marriage(Shorter). Joseph Mitchell argues that the Industrial Revolution caused womento change their habits. He argues that added with time, there was an increasein the illegitimacy rate because the Industrial Revolution opened a door ofopportunities outside of the home, which increased the level of independenceamong women (Mitchell J.
& Mitchell B). However, Joseph makes it a pointthat women worked as so to improve their families lives. They had thisopportunity to make things better for them and their families, so they grabbedthose opportunities and didn’t let go (Mitchell J.
& Mitchell B). Hellen Mitchell argues that the Industrial Revolution didnot cause or lead to a sexual revolution. The reason for her argument isbecause the women were seeking employment did it for desperation and not for pleasure(Mitchell J. & Mitchell B).
Hellen argues that the sexual revolution wasone of many results of traditions being discarded. As times would go by womenbecame aware of their rights and would be damned if anyone try to take thoserights away (Mitchell J. & Mitchell B). Shorter does acknowledge that there is a lack of evidenceto support the “yes the industrial revolution did cause the sexual revolution”,but I’m going to side with Shorter. Based on what I read and logically it isconfirmed that the increase of women in the workforce would lead to moreindividualism and independence. The Industrial Revolution led to the sexualrevolution because it brought vast transformation with regard to women.
Theystarted demanding equal rights at their jobs and homes (Mitchell J. B). As time pass, more and more women started working. That number ofwomen who demanded equal rights, for example, equal pay increased (Mitchell J.
& Mitchell B). Just like the Industrial revolution, the sexual revolution continuesto this day, whereas women are in many places are paid more or paid equal tomen (Mitchell J. & Mitchell B).