from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

10.17.2005

nuclear family

atlanta’s hometown paper has a regular feature in which two women – one conservative, one more liberal – debate an issue. this week, they’re discussing traditional families and healthy children, and whether one necessary for the other. it’s a good read.

what is particularly interesting is that rather than debate the merits of single motherhood or same-sex parenting, ms. liberal addresses the issue from a socio-economic perspective. it’s so much easier for people to blame poor parenting, crime, poor education, even poor healthcare practices on race, and psychological concerns on parents’ sexuality.

imagine what would happen if we actually addressed – in a meaningful and productive way – issues of poverty and class.

3 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

Bets,
Thanks for the link--i enjoyed the 'debate.' i imagine their back-and-forth can get pretty fierce sometimes! The rebuttal was the best point about who/what the more conservative quoted studies are comparing. So much of that is intertwined and misrepresented, it's really frustrating. And dizzying. i think kids are so lucky just to have ONE parent who cares unconditionally for them, especially these days.

10/17/2005 02:02:00 PM

 
Blogger Kiker said...

I think that having a strong sense of community crucial also. There are so many factors that go into raising children... and all for them to try to disown you in the mall when they are 13....

10/17/2005 02:19:00 PM

 
Blogger betsy said...

someone's been reading dooce today! i think the idea of community is an important one, particularly as a way to provide role models.

10/17/2005 02:24:00 PM

 

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