Changing Family Values Essay

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Changing Family Values

"Imagine that, one day in 1960, all radio and television transmissions had been interrupted by a special message from some Cosmic Census Bureau forecaster: 'Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts and hang on to your hats. Over the next twenty-five years, all standard demographic indicators will rise or fall steeply. Divorce rates, rates of mothers' participation in the labor force, and rates of birth outside marriage will double. Birth rates overall will drop. By the end of the 1980s, more than half of your future citizens will be spending at last part of their childhood in a single-parent home. Oh, and by the way, there will be a sexual revolution, to which all are cordially invited.' Who would
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"... the new laws gave the impression that dependency is somehow degrading."

Hmm...

American values... freedom, self-sufficiency, independence, emotional strength...

It may be that we, as Americans, do not depend on each other enough, but within the confines of marriage, I do not doubt that years upon years upon years of dependency on a man would be degrading. As a woman, and as a woman who does not have anything against the institution of marriage in general, I could never live with myself in this kind of situation. I DO think it's degrading to depend on someone else to take care of me, to pay my bills, to give me money if I want to go to the grocery store or buy a new book.

This chapter said a lot of different things. However, the underlying current, as I read it, was that the problems of balancing work and family are a female problem.

Apparently, there is only one parent in a set of two that is capable of taking care of children and keeping a family stable, and that is the woman. "No country has yet found adequate substitutes for the unremunerated care of dependents that women once provided and that society long took for granted" (16). Ok... Damn straight, that "society long took for granted" and sure, it's changed things, but you cannot blame the current decline of the stability of the family on women's liberation.

This course has been about the future, and about progress, for better or worse. Turning around and blaming

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