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Family of the Future

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Family of the Future by Catherine Hois Ever wonder what your family would be like
one hundred years from now? Like society, the classic family has transformed its regularities, norms, and ways incredibly throughout the last one hundred years. If families have reformed a great deal since the early 1900's, what will a classic family be like one hundred years from now?. Families will have changed their gender roles, family forms, and will be shaped by the media. Looking at past family statistics, the path of family revolution is depicted easily. The Gender Roles of the Future Family To determine the roles of members in the future family, the past and present must be compared to see the changes that have occurred. Today, the roles of family members are not as "set in stone" as they used to be. For example, a wife and or mother can go to school or work without being questioned, not to mention get a job as easy as a man can. In the 1950's, things were much different. The image of the perfect house wife was unyielding and firm. Women were meant to stay home, cook, clean, grocery shop, and raise their children while the men went to work to provide for their families. Studies show that 34% of women ages 25 to 34 were in the workforce in the 1950's. ("blogspot.ca," 2008) In 1998, the rates of women of the same age went up to 78.3%, which is a 44.3% difference in only 48 years. ("blogspot.ca," 2008) Women have always fought for their rights and equality, according to these statistics they have been quite successful. If women keep up with these percentages for the next hundred years, they will definitely be as equal as men in the work force. The image of "the house wife" will be completely erased, and women will be able to do anything they want without question. This is an example of how women were treated if they wanted to work, in the 1950's. Statistics show that women and men are getting more and more equal within the workforce. ("blogspot.ca," 2008) What might the roles of the family of the future look like with equality of men and women? Mothers and fathers will both participate in cooking dinner. It will neither be a "woman role" or a "man role". Gender will have nothing to do with choosing which spouse will be providing the income. Both spouses will be able to work if they want to with no dominance, only equality and respect for one another. The exchange theory explains how people make choices, by knowing what they have to offer and what they need. In the 1950s, men looked for a women that could take care of the house and meet the needs of children while he would provide income for the family. In 2112 however, a man and a woman will not look at each other and assume that the female is better at house work and the male is better off in the work force. They will make decisions by learning each others strengths and weaknesses. Mothers and fathers will both have the role of being a good and loving parent for their children. An equal, or an almost equal amount of time will be shared with the kids, and there will be no concrete image of who should spend more time with the children. Some studies show that it is quite important to have a mother and father in a child's life, in order for them to grow up completely stable. (Muehlenberg, 2010) With the mother and father working together at roles that need to be displayed for the children (ie. working, shopping, and tender loving care), the children will be brought up in a natural and healthy way. Family Forms Society has been changing its beliefs and views about family forms throughout the centuries. Compared to the 1950's, present day society views family forms such as single parents, step parents, monogamous (having one maritle partner), polygamous (when a man has several wives), and same sex couples in a much more accepting way, and based on statistics will probably be more accepted by the world over time.
The families forms of the future will consist of many different types, based on the revolution of the classic family from the past, to the present. Scientists have shown that the number of same sex couples has gone up 20% between 2000 and 2005. (Johnson, 2012) That seems like a lot, but since the 1950's, the percentage has gone up a great deal more... This is an example of the way people used to think about same sex marriages in the 1950's. Although there are still people that discriminate against same-sex couples, there are a lot more people that support it than there was 60 years ago. To show societies adjustment to same-sex couples, this commercial is an example of gay couples support. Other than commercials, there are many other organizations and events that happen today, to support same-sex marriage. Such as pride parades.
One hundred years from now, society will work its way up to fully accepting gay and lesbian couples. Symbolic interactionism will be greatly changed because the way people present themselves to others, and the way people think of others will be less judgmental and more confident and relaxed. This does not mean that there will be more, it means that people that are interested in the same sex will not be ashamed or as discouraged as the 1950's, or even now. With society slowly supporting and accepting the fact that some people are different than others, by the time it is 2112 there will be very little judgment on the matter. More same-sex couples will get married, and adopt if they want children.
Other family forms of the future are not as easy to predict. In example, divorce rates (Andrew , 2011) The graph shows that divorce rates shot up around the 60's, and ever since 1980 the rates have stayed around the same high percentage. (Andrew , 2011) This tells us that there will be more single parents in the next hundred years. to support this further, below is a graph that shows the rates of unmarried women having babies. The rates are also going up just like the divorce rates, which means more single parents for the future. (Andrew , 2011) Families of the future will also have older parents as a family form. In 1920, the normal age for a man to get married was 24, and a woman 21. ("infoplease," 2009) That is quite young compared to 2010, which statistics state that a man would marry at 28, and a woman at 26. ("infoplease," 2009) The average age of men and woman marrying is getting older throughout the years, which means that one hundred years from now there will be a great amount of older couples marrying for the first time, but early enough to have children. How will society, and media affect families of the future? With and media constantly changing and people in families always being caught up in he latest news, will it affect families of the future for the better, or for worse? Modern society has come up with a lot of great ideas about raising children to be themselves, be confident, and to have a better future. For example, the media has found a recent story about a boy who likes to wear pink dresses. By making this story famous, it encourages other families to raise their children to be their own character, to not follow the crowd. In the early 1900's, there were no videos like this one for people to see. Luckily, although the media does, and will always have a little bit of a bad influence on parents and children, at least people are starting to use the media to send out messages like "It's okay so let your son wear pink, you have to let him be himself no matter what." Another example of modern media giving out a positive message would be the "Dove Real Beauty Campaign". This campaign imitates a picture of Victoria's Secret models standing together in a line with the words "Love my Body written on the top. This would be an example of a negative message given out from the media. Luckily, in the current day, companies are willing to go against the "perfect body image" and show parents and children that nobody is perfect. This message is also motivating parents to teach children at a young age not to get caught up in all of the fake airbrushed movie stars they see in magazines. For families of the future, the media will not entirely be positive, but there will be many more companies formed against making children feel that they have to be a certain way, or look a certain way, just like the interview with "The Princess Boy"'s mom, or the Dove campaign. Families will be motivated to raise their children to be who they really are on the inside, and not try to impress others. Over the years, families have gone through incredible changes. People have fought for respect, and have succeeded in gaining that respect. People will most likely keep fighting for rights, weather it be for genders to be equal, or to be able to marry who you want. No, the world will not be perfect in the next one hundred years, but equality will be a big part of families, along with support in what your spouse, child, or other family member believes in. A Loving Family Works Cited


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Andrew (2011, August 3). The decline and fall of american marriage. Retrieved from http://www.swifteconomics.com/2011/08/03/the-decline-and-fall-of-american-marriage/

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