The meaning of family is constantly changing in society. Today society’s families are made up of straight, gay, and lesbian couples. Some include children while others do not. Some couples are married while others cohabitate but still refer to themselves as family. Some families are blood relatives while others are a kinship formed family.
The media has noticed the changing and diversity of America’s family and that there is becoming less of an idea typical family, which includes a husband, wife and two children. Now families come in many different forms.
A TV show that is an example of how the media is adapting its shows to the ever-changing family structure in the US is clear in the show Gilmore Girls. In this show, a single mother has one daughter of her own. They live together in their own house. There is no father or paternal figure in the family. The grandparents or the mother’s parents are a part of their lives although they live a different conservative lifestyle. The mother’s name is Lorelai Gilmore. The daughter’s name is Rory Gilmore. Rory proves that success is possible for a child growing up in a single-family home as she is admitted into an Ivy League college securing her future. The mother and daughter share a close relationship through the difficulties of life. They show how family is love and is support for each other in whatever form family comes in. They do not have a father in their life but they have plenty of love that they share with each other. This show is a common scenario in the US today. There are many single mothers with a child.
“According to Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2005, released by the U.S. Census Bureau in August, 2007, there are approximately 13.6 million single parents in the United States today, and those parents are responsible for raising 21.2 million children (approximately 26% of children under 21 in the U.S. today).” Source is http://singleparents.about.com/od/legalissues/p/portrait.htm.
Is the new view the media is taking and publicly sharing on TV changing the way families function in society today and could this portrayal encourage dysfunctional families or does it simply celebrate the diversity of types of families in society today? Or are there any other thoughts and comments you have on this subject?
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