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Posted by Farrell on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 3:01am.

Ms. Writeacher, I worked on my thesis a bit, please tell me what you think on my thesis, intro, and outline. It's only going to be a 3-4 page paper. Assignment instructions were in my other posts.

Thank you!!!

I’d like to define the traditional family and compare it to a modern television show today such as “The Kardashians” and argue that even though the traditional family holds family values and morals, a more modernized family can bring unity because there is more communication involved, more democracy and decision-making, and gender roles are also being switched in certain areas as well.


Introduction: Traditional vs Modern

The modernized family today is nowhere close to what you’re traditional family back in the 50’s use to be. Or at least that is how television portrays them to be. A ‘normal’ traditional family would commonly consist of two parents which is a mother and a father, and a few children living in a two story house. And they would all live together in harmony, compatible with each other; mother is a housewife staying at home taking care of the children while the husband being the typical breadwinner, goes out to work to support the family. But does this type of family household describe your typical family today in the modern world? A lot has changed since the 50’s and there really isn't many families that represent television shows such as "Leave it to Beaver" or "Lassie" anymore. And one might think that this may not be such a good thing but the more recent version of what family values represent today may have more positive qualities than one may think. Thesis: Even though the an old fashioned family of the 50’s may hold morals and traditional family values, a more modernized family such as the “Kardashians” may have some real advantages compared to the old fashion family, such as more democracy and freedom, better communication also due to technology, and gender roles being switched between parents.

OUTLINE: Traditional vs Modern

I. Introduction

II. Body

1. Communication

A. Sex and pregnancy was not to be talked about whether in private or public. Now it’s okay to talk about these things and the Kardashians have no problem being open when discussing topics that would been uncomfortable or unacceptable to be spoken about back in the 50’s

B. Families back then just did what was their role without complaining discussing their feelings. And now that we have advanced technology such as email, the internet, and cell phones, families can communicate with each other much better than before which can bring a family closer.

2. Democracy

A. The husband/father use to be the dominant one in the family. He was the one to make majority of the decisions and that was it. However, in today’s modern family, both parents seem to take be equal and both now participate in decision-making, not just the father. In the TV series, the Kardashians, Kris Jenner makes a lot of her own decisions and sometimes makes decisions for the family as well.

B. Children gets to participate in decision-making and as well as making their own choices depending on the situation. In the Kardashians, the children also have a say in some of the decision process which can bring unity in the family.

C. Gender Roles

1. Gender roles back then for husbands/fathers were to work and be served at home. It was not common for the male to do too much house work, only to go to work and make money. The Kardashian mother is a workaholic, more than the father, not something you would have seen in the 50’s.

2. The woman’s role is commonly known for doing all if not most of the house hold chores such as doing the laundry, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. Some might have worked, however, the husband is usually the bread winner. Women are now going to school for a career and doing jobs that was not well known for a woman to traditionally do. The Kardashian father cleans, cooks, and even takes the children to soccer games and doctor appointments.

III. Conclusion

The definition of family is definitely evolving as time goes by and it sometimes changes pretty quickly. Everyone will have different family values, some will remain traditional, while others will change with the times and that is what will help a family grow stronger together.

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