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The way we really are Mark Sarkisian 2-10-04 The author Coontz shows how the standard of the traditional family has changed over the past century Society must accept the reality of the modern family Since the 50s the whole definition on family has changed Marriages are becoming extinct and families are breaking away from the old fashioned way of raising children For example having both a father and a mother in the home full-time use to be the definition of the traditional family Now it hard to believe that the majority of society today is becoming accustomed to single parent homes and women being a contributor to the households income With todays society filled with these single parent homes gay and lesbian parents and families from different ethnic backgrounds today there is no such thing as the traditional family Americans are forced to re-evaluate their opinion on what the traditional family is made up of Children are forced to live in these changing families many not having a mother and a Father which is the image of what a family used to be defined as Coontz asks if we can learn from history of the family Coontz never will deny the complexity of todays economic issues and their impact on families which include working mothers the future of marriage the well being of children in gay and lesbian families and the strengths and weaknesses of single parent households Coontz Makes two important points She wants to see family and social changes within a historical setting and a sociological setting She also wants to de-politicize the modern family She wants to analyze whats working and whats not in families The main point of the book seems to be that many American families are in crisis today The reasons for this are varied from unrealistic idealization of the 1950s to government policies that affect the needs of families The importance
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