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Tensions Between The Quest For Individual Autonomy And The Expectations Of The Wider Community.

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As individuals we have certain needs and desires that we address through our personal autonomy. You need to be able to assess the importance of each of these things and take action in a way that does not interfere in some body else’s personal autonomy (Bowden 2014). Most of the time our individual autonomous decisions will accommodate or fit the expectations of the wider community. Although there are some instances that cause tensions between certain autonomous decisions and the presumptions of the wider community. In the case of same sex marriage, the expectations of the community cause tension between those that view same sex marriage as an individual autonomous right. Although this viewpoint has been changing in recent years, a homosexual’s choice to their own individual autonomy continues to face tension on certain issues.

The main issue is focused around the fact that traditional marriage has always been between a man and a woman as this is seen as the normal and natural way. As a community we tend to abstain from being inquisitive towards the status quo as we often see that what is popular is what is correct (De Botton 2001). Socialization is a direct link to this. Children tend to learn mannerisms and their social characteristics from their parents (Evens 2014). Due to this case where children have learnt that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no one tends to think forward from that. This can cause an issue in two ways. One of these issues could stem into the individual autonomy of that child. If that child happens to associate their personal autonomy as being gay, they may choose to try and oblige to their parents expectations. The other way is through sociological imagination. (Mills 1959) The child could then go out into the wider community with their primary views that they got from their parents -that marriage should be between different genders- and impose this information into their friend groups or the community. Children tend to be impressionable and often tend to obtain the communities expectations, as they may be too young to have their own sense of individual autonomy. This could work either in favor of same sex marriage or negatively towards it. “By the fact of his living he contributes, however minutely, to the shaping of this society and to the course of its history. Even as he is made by society and by it’s historical push and shove.” (Mills 1959)

Another tension that branches from this issue is the fact that two people of the same gender cannot produce children naturally and this influences people into thinking that they cannot get married. A person that wants to be married to the same sex may feel that it’s a right as their personal autonomy to be able to have a family. Although there are several ways around this issue such as: IVF, Adoption or surrogacy, the community tends to stick to their own ideology of what an “average family” should look like. Some would argue that this is the right thing to do as;...

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