have to write an essay on whether
the modern nuclear family can
be seen as a positive institution.
So far I have managed well putting
down the Marxist, critical and
functionalist views of the family.
But I need help when it comes
to feminism because I'm not
really sure what they believe
when it comes to the family.
I know most see it as a negative
institution which exploits women,
but I need some basic points
which will help me to understand
what they believe.
help is much appreciated,
reality the nuclear family dominated
our family structures for only
a brief period in time. Historically
-- and presently -- families
have always been more unique
and less conventional. Feminists'
perspective on family really
depends on the individual feminist.
In fact, many feminists come
from and/or presently operate
in a nuclear family. So to categorically
oppose such a structure would
indirectly oppose those feminists'
roles in these families. In
general, I think that feminists
focus on a family's content,
not its form. For instance,
whether you have one parent,
two mommies or a mother and
a father, the ingredients for
a family are love and respect.
would add that feminists need
to separate biology from family,
meaning that a family is based
on more than biology, and is
also not confined by biology.
I don't know my father -- never
have -- so why should he be
my Dad? It's more accurate to
call him a "donor".
hope this helps.