In Robert Kuttner’s article “The Politics of Family” he broadly examines the wide scope of family from an outside perspective. Kuttner frequently uses the words “most Americans” throughout his essay, looking at both the right and left wing element of politics on the issue. In Susan Dominus’s article, ”Growing up with Mom and Mom” Dominus navigates through this topic with the foundation being an interview with Ry Russo-Young who is born and raised by a lesbian couple through artificial insemination. Although both articles may vary in perspective, the two writers agree that there is still much controversy on the issues of marriage, family and social politics.
Family is a touchy subject for most people; everyone has an opinion how to raise your family and what is best. As Kuttner states “few people care (married or single) unless kids are involved.” (Kuttner, 2002) Even if that is so, it is agreed that children benefit from being raised by a loving family with a strong support network, especially by a married couple. Love may not cure a lot of things but love within a family and the community such as social supports is defiantly agreed to prove most beneficial for children and family in general. Although some believe there may be opposing views on what makes a family and what is best for children, love and support is something everyone seems to agree upon. It makes one wonder why with this agreement, why there is such a push for welfare mothers to back to work if welfare is actually needed, and with the possible sacrifice of the children’s welfare. Family which has been continuously redefined, is moving away from the aura where woman didn’t have rights or were confined to the household, into an aura where gay couples can have children through artificial insemination.
In Dominus’ article Ry is one of those children who was conceived through artificial insemination, and has grown up with a slightly different family dynamic. The concepts and needs of family is no different though. Many may question what effects that gay parents have on the children that they produce, putting children such as Ry under a magnifying glass. Some states find such families as Ry’s as problematic and create laws against fostering and adopting children. Even with those laws and attitudes exist, gay parents and their children are becoming “acknowledged part of the communities.” (Dominus, 2004) This is possibly a result of the fight for legalization of gay marriages.
Marriage in general is an ongoing debate for some. Some Americians still fight to maintain older views of marriage intact. There is though, few that would go back to what is considered traditional or Victorian values, premarital sex is tolerated, and permissiveness in the bedroom is being enjoyed. One of the bigger changes of course being the role of women in the household. Women are no longer are restricted by employment or by the role they play in the household, also promoting men to...