"Kramer vs. Kramer" as the Modern Family
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This paper explains that the concept of family in the United States has undergone an evolution as a result of the feminist movement, gay rights, divorce and the economy , thus impacting the structure of the family and family life. Particularly with relating to single-parent families, the author asserts, that the film "Kramer vs. Kramer" provides an example of an unusual family structure. The paper concludes that, like the son in "Kramer vs. Kramer", any child who grows up in a loving home will become a functional, effective adult, regardless of the gender of the parent, their sexuality or a single-parent home.
From the Paper:"In a significant way, this is also true of the dynamic within families headed by same-sex parents. There is simply an assumption that children raised by such families would most likely to follow the same lifestyle themselves. Promoters of these conceptions take little or no trouble to investigate previous research or to conduct their own empirical research in this regard. Secondarily, being gay is assumed to be an undesirable trait, and therefore children from such families are assumed to be somehow in a worse situation than children from two-parent or single-parent homes, where the parents are heterosexual.
"However, it appears that the most problems experienced by such families are not internal, but rather external, where gay parents are frequently slurred publicly and singled out as "faggot" or by means of other such derogatory terms. Internally, these households function as well, or even better than, any other households that might be considered "normal."
"A study cited by the Vancouver Sun (2007) substantiates this, and indeed claims that same-sex parents in a family can even be to the advantage of children in such a household over children who are raised in traditional families."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Acon (2010). Same-Sex Parent Families. Retrieved from http://www.acon.org.au/mens-health/parenting-and-fertility/Same-Sex-Parent-Families
- Carpenter, M. (2007). What happens to kids raised by gay parents? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 10. Retrieved from http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07161/793042-51.stm
- Downey, D. and Grabmeier, D. (2010). Single Mothers, Fathers Equally Successful at Raising Children. Ohio State University. Retrieved from http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/singpar.htm
- Ellwood, D.T. and Jencks, C. (2002). The Spread of Single-Parent Families in the United States since 1960. John F. Kennedy School of Government : Harvard University, Oct. Retrieved from: http://www.sociologycentral.com/sptext/family/read/singleparentspread.pdf
- The Vancouver Sun. (2007). Same-Sex parent families just as good for children, study concludes. May 14. Retrieved from: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=6dacb809-9929-4379-bb9f-9431e7d5c44d
Cite this Analytical Essay:
"Kramer vs. Kramer" as the Modern Family (2013, April 30) Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/kramer-vs-kramer-as-the-modern-family-152902/
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