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Paper 4 - Rachel Brinkley Paper#4 ENWR 110 Between Genders...

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Rachel Brinkley Paper #4 ENWR 110- Between Genders 11/28/07 Heterosexual Parent Home: Necessary for Undisrupted Social and Sexual Development In our society, parents have always played an important role in the raising of their children. They are expected to teach them the ways of society and raise them accordingly. The most conventional setup in a home is one of two oppositely sexed parents that both follow the normal gender roles. Single parent and gay parent homes have been a controversial issue for some time, due to the fact people feel a child should have a mother figure and a father figure in their lives. At first glance this need for both parent figures may seem like an unfair and out-of-date assumption to make. However, without two, opposite sexed parents a child might not develop the “normal” gender roles that we are accustomed to in our society or have a normal, healthy social life. Once one understands the consequences of not having the conventional two opposite-sexed set of parents, one will realize how detrimental it is for development and why courts often rule in child custody case against the single or gay parent homes. Therefore, it is desired for a child to grow up in a “normal” gender based family opposed to a single parent home or gay parent home, in order to have successful, undisrupted development, socially and sexually. Social development is a crucial part of growing up for a child. They should be capable of making friends, being in public, and having normal emotional development. Some of the issues that a child who is raised in an unconventional parent home might
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face are dealing with these social aspects. Since our society has not yet become comfortable with gay and lesbian marriages and relationships, these children who have them for parents consequently suffer socially. They are often ridiculed by other children, who might not know that they are being hurtful, but just know that theirs and most other parents and not like that. One of the areas of concern “is that children of lesbian and gay parents will experience difficulty in social relationships. For example, some observers have expressed concern that children living with lesbian mothers or gay fathers will be stigmatized, teased, or otherwise victimized by peers” (Paige 1). Although it is inevitable that all children are going to be teased at some point in their lives, why would one want for their child to be automatically placed in a position for mockery? Not only could a child be teased for having abnormal parents, they could also be left out due to their parent’s sexual orientation. Neighbors, other family members, and parents might not allow their children to play at the houses of the children raised by the gay parents. This
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