Complete midterm LGBT 448F

Complete midterm LGBT 448F - Ali Ahmed. LGBT 448F (Prof....

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Ali Ahmed. LGBT 448F (Prof. Kadish) 03/09/2009 Midterm. Q1) The world we live in today is ever changing. Traditional ideologies are constantly redefined, and societies constantly adapt to accommodate the changing tastes and choices of the masses. Unfortunately in the process the voices and well being of the minority groups are often subdued or totally ignored. Often in these situations, the bureaucracy dictates the social construction of the community. One element of society that has been the subject of much debate and constantly been researched over the years is the definition of a family and its composition. Nations have always tried to evolve around their definition of families. Experts have tried to paint the perfect family for many years now, but have found the process a little difficult. When they do define the role and structure of a family, they often end up ignoring the existence of family diversity. Family composition is as diverse as the individuals that make up a community. Recently LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) families have been the topic of much discussion, as their efforts to be recognized are becoming more prominent, and they are less inclined to hide from the public view than in the past. The traditional nuclear family (composition of a father, mother and children) has dominated the American society for many decades, though less now than before. Often, LGBT families have been in conflict to whether assimilate or resist to the ideal of the nuclear family. The Ideal Nuclear Family: In “The Way We Never Were”, Coontz tells us about how the family of yesterday is thought to be better than that of today and to be the ideal era of the nuclear Ali Ahmed. Page 1
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family. Among her assertions is the statement that our image of the "ideal" 1950s nuclear family is far more myth than fact; in fact, she says, the nuclear family was itself an anomaly, offset both before and after by very different ways of life. Coontz's further asserts that family life is shaped far more by social and economic forces than by any ideals we may hold. Corollary to this is the compelling argument that the very values of individual striving and success, so cherished in American culture, both contributed to the development of the nuclear family and to its disintegration. Coontz goes on to inform readers about the abundance of teen pregnancies and “shotgun weddings” during the so called golden era of family. But as it is, such a perfect nuclear family never existed. Accommodation and Resistance: In chapter 3 of Queer Family and Queer Politics , we are made aware of many examples where LGBT couples have either tried to accommodate and assimilate into the ideal of the nuclear family. The author in chapter 3, Ellen Lewin, tells us about the wedding of Margaret Barnes and Lisa Howard. It illustrates the effort of the couple to accommodate into the idea of the nuclear family and seeking acceptance. The partners had known each other for 10 years and decided to exchange vows before their families and friends. The couple urged their families and friends to support and celebrate their relationship. The
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