How Much Changes During The Structures Of Families Throughout Australia Reflect Changing Attitudes Of Gender Roles And Sexuality?
Modern times has seen the change of family structures shift into a more fluid dimension. Changes in family structures significantly reflect changes in gender roles and sexuality resulting in creating a path to complete equality and allowing a normalisation of all couples. Australia is beginning to officially recognise sexual or gender diverse people with protection laws and are promoting equality between men and women. Though there is a large gap in the curriculum, and a failure to educate children and young adults about the acceptability and normality of sexual and gender diversity, rather than pushing heteronormative gender roles onto children by default.
The idea of family has evolved significantly in the past years, progressing from a heteronormative married couple with dependent children, into an ambiguous term labelling several structures including married couples, single parents, LGBTQIA+ parents and blended and adopted families (5). The constantly changing family structures of Australia allow for a normalisation of all ‘families’, and gender equality through their connection with attitudes regarding gender and sexuality. Australia’s view on gender and sexuality is quite individual, and there has been significant attempts to create complete equality across employment and personal opportunities. The Sex Discrimination Act of 1984 preventing…