Analysis Of Natalie Angier's Intimate Revolutions

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Natalie Angier’s article in the New York Times assesses how society’s definition of the American family has changed. Three issues she raises are best explained by three examples she uses: the haves and the have-nots, gayby boom, and the pay-check mommy. One of Angier’s first examples in the article is told through statistics. The numbers show many people prefer the idea of marriage and children. She cites an informal sample of Americans who share their thoughts of love, kids, and mom when they hear the word “family.” However, the reality of those thoughts is only the privileged benefit from good marriages. Angier quotes Stephanie Coontz, author of Intimate Revolutions, “We’re seeing a class divide not only between the haves and the have-nots, …show more content…
The breadwinner is not only the breadwinner; he shares maternal roles such as shopping and beauty and hair care. However, this family is only one example of a bigger wave of families like them. Wayser states, “There’s a gayby boom, that’s for sure” (Angier). The Schulte-Wayser family also demonstrates more than one idea in the class text. First, homosexual couples have an easier time adjusting to the second shift, or the idea that one partner has a full time paid job outside the home and a full time unpaid job inside the home. Conley suggests homosexual couples see household work as a “means of legitimating their homes” (471). However, homosexual couples also face stigma and scrutiny. Another idea Conley suggests is that gay couples are a big part of the future of American families. Homosexual unions face fierce opposition, however views are steadily shifting. In 1996, 64 percent of Americans were opposed to gay marriage; however, in 2013, 50 percent of Americans were for, with a disproportionate amount of young people in favor (Conley 486). This suggests that whether people are ready for it or not, gay marriage will be a regular part of many American families in the near

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