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Just noticed this 
15th-May-2006 12:26 am
We have a least four references made of Gene having a "Mrs", but he does not wear a wedding ring.

I'm not sure if it's really important, or maybe just some sort of oversight of the show's makers. Either way, thought it may be something that could be interesting to explore either here or something to consider in fics possibly.
overworked and all that
Comments 
15th-May-2006 06:51 am (UTC)
I don't think men always did. My dad never did, nor, as far as I remember, any of my other male relatives.
15th-May-2006 06:53 am (UTC)
yeah, I'd second this - it actually is a much more modern, like post-80's thing for guys to wear rings as well. A response to all the feminism of the 70's and it's unlikely that Gene would have been influenced by much of it.

Although, I'd like to think it had significance ...
15th-May-2006 06:54 am (UTC)
Not at all important as far as I can see. Lots of men of my Dad's generation have never worn wedding rings. In fact any man wearing a ring in a story set in the seventies would strike me as having a story to it. Ie signet ring -- some kind of heirloom, pinky ring -- almost certainly gay, wedding ring -- either an heirloom or a very interesting wife.

Anyone else care to add to that? kalypso_v, I'm looking at you.
15th-May-2006 10:38 am (UTC)
Er, right, how did you know...

When I was a bridesmaid in December 1974, I carried the groom's ring (the best man having the bride's, of course). So I put it on my ring finger (I think) with my own ring over it to stop it sliding off, as it was obviously much too big for me. The only problem was that, when we got to the hymn just before we were going to produce the rings, I found my own ring was stuck, maybe because it was closer to the knuckle than usual. So I was doing some frantic tugging, which my mother certainly noticed, though I don't know about the rest of the congregation. Thankfully, I did manage to get both rings off in time to produce the groom's when required. I think that was the first time I was aware that men could wear wedding rings as well as women, though it was the first time I'd been involved in a wedding closely enough to notice. The rings didn't match at all, which often seems to happen now; I remember the groom's as a heavy, plain band with a slight curve to the surface.

Anyway, my conclusion: it is not impossible that a man could wear a wedding ring in 1973, but it would have been unusual, and I'd be very surprised if a man like Gene did (especially as he could have married as early as the 1950s, when I think it would have been unheard of).

Other instances of men wearing rings in the 1970s: I think my 22-year-old boyfriend had a signet ring in 1979. And at the start of the decade, I remember a neighbour showing me a ring he'd got in a bazaar in Istanbul, which was a sort of puzzle that came apart into several pieces. So that was a curiosity-thing, and he'd have been about 20. The above-mentioned groom was 23. So I'd guess ring-wearing was just coming in for youngish men in the 1970s.
15th-May-2006 11:04 am (UTC)
See you're one of the people on my F'List and on here that knows more about the 70's than I do.

Marvellous, although now I'm being distracted by Orig-Fic ring-related thoughts when I should be working.
15th-May-2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Oh, I just thought - doesn't Paul Darrow wear a wedding ring? And I seem to remember Janet said they married in the 1960s. But then they were actors. And I suppose I don't actually know it's a wedding ring, I've just assumed that. I can't now find it in the scene where I thought you could see Avon wearing it, so I can't check whether it's on the right finger.

I'd have concentrated much harder on the 1970s if I'd known I was going to need it now!
15th-May-2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
I thought of Paul and Janet when I was typing my original reply (I can't remember what ring it is either, I've just heard other people refer to it as a wedding ring), but then I also dismissed him from the debate because he's an *actor*.

But if you'd concentrated harder, you might not have enjoyed it so much ;-)
15th-May-2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Eek, this topic has now spread to the cricket commentary - they had a letter from a man who said he'd had to have his wedding ring sawn off because he was wearing it when he broke a finger or something like that while playing.
15th-May-2006 07:02 am (UTC)
Blokes don't always, particularly if they might catch it on something and rip their fingers off in the course of their job (not entirely sure that applies to Gene). My dad (who was in the navy) never has and neither does someone from the same generation where I work who used to work on sub maintenance and stopped wearing his when he ending up hanging from it. I don't know what the police policy would be on jewelery in the 1970s... not that I know what it is now either! I think it was generally just less common than it is now for a man to have a married 'marker'.
15th-May-2006 07:47 am (UTC)
Men generally didn't wear them back then.
15th-May-2006 08:12 am (UTC)
My dad's never worn his ring, and neither does my husband unless we're going out. They both reckon it's too likely to get damaged, especially at work, and judging by the number of scratches on mine they're not far wrong!
15th-May-2006 08:37 am (UTC)
men didn't wear them in the seventies. I don't know many who do even today.
15th-May-2006 09:20 am (UTC)
Ooh, we just found out the reason Gene often sleeps in his office. Lost the wedding ring mister Hunt? For shame.
15th-May-2006 11:11 am (UTC) - Could be just like my dad, too.
He simply lost his, and never bothered to get another one.

My mom isn't wearing hers anymore, either. Actually, I know loads of married people who don't wear rings.
16th-May-2006 11:19 am (UTC)
I don't know about the custom for men wearing wedding rings in 1973 but my man & dad got married in 1980 and from as far as back i can remember i don't think he's ever wore his wedding ring.
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