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The Changing Family I have just read an article called THE WAY WE REALLY ARE Coming to Terms with Americas Changing Families by author Stephanie Coontz Coontz takes the reader from misconceptions of the Golden Age and its families to the revival of women as the family co provider I really enjoyed reading the article and agree on many points like there really was no Golden Age and Census Bureau refinements I disagree on a couple points however the media being vulnerable and manipulated and the working mother MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE GOLDEN AGE I agree with Coontz when she says there really wasnt a golden age I think the way we talk dress and what we drive now is different but according to my grandpa who was born in 1915 said There were still murders rapes kids taking drugs smoking violence in schools etc My grandpa went on to say that the media wasnt as prevalent back then Violence wasnt seen or heard on the news You could hardly say darn in public He told me it wasnt like leave it to beaver at all I believe that thanks to shows like Leave it to Beaver and Mayberry what we see in the news violence death and drugs makes the 1950s look tame The violence and crime is just served to us in an easy to use box Crime and violence is more visible to us now NEEDED CENSUS BUREAU REFINEMENTS I agree with Coontz when she explains Steve Rawlings of the Census Bureaus survey procedures Coontz states that unwed motherhood has increased dramatically since 1970 It was hard for the Census Bureau to get an accurate record because a lot of illegitimacy was covered up in the 1070s Only recently have reporting methods become much more sophisticated I think it would be interesting if we could take todays Census reporting techniques back to the 1930s thru the 1950s and see how different the numbers
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