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numbah16tdhaha (147)
This is a coincidence now being used by backwards men to try to beat their wives back into the kitchen. Alot of factors play into the family going to hell. We have more powerful and addictive drugs now, we have more asshole fathers not being anything more than a sperm doner, too. Why then is a put-together woman with a job such a threat? Go tell my sister to get back in the kitchen where she belongs and see what happens. She'd beat you over the head with her master's degree. Yes, her MASTER'S DEGREE. She's a driven little thing, kids. I'm kinda proud, truth be told, since all the crap I gave her made her tough.

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fitman (36)

The American family unit has been on the downslide since both parents were forced to leave the home to make ends meet.

Real wages have been declining for half a century.

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irishgit (138)

One could, if one chose, make this argument. But it would be difficult, if not impossible to prove "cause and effect." There are a lot of socio-economic pressures that have occurred in America in the last 60 some years that have impacted the "American Family Unit," some positively, some negatively.

Only the simple minded, and blinkered misogynists think the "downslide" of the "American Family Unit" is due to "uppity wimmin gittin' out of the kitchen"

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lmorovan (12)
True. The statistics don't lie.

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twansalem (36)
Maybe so, but it's interesting to note that televisions started to become common place at roughly same time.

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LastMessenger3 (40)
Woman is a nurturer and care-giver! Without woman being at home to take care the kids, kids grow up deprived of things that only mother can provide. Saying that, present life won't let woman sit home. Men and women have to bust their behinds to pay bills.

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souljunkie (20)
Some interesting stuff here but...I believe most are doing a little "dancing around the issue here" as I expected. I would be an idiot if I did not recognize some of these arguments have merit in the way that they explain WHY women have left the home and I dont argue any of them. Yes society here as kind of steered us into being two income fanilies and single mothers have to do what they do. Do I blame the ladies who have to work to provide for themselves and their kids? hell no. But lets stick to the issue here folks! I did not ask why women left to gian careers, I stated the fact that the family unit HAS sufferd because of it....YES OR NO. A little direct answer without all the other guff would be nice. If you do so I dont think there is much room for disagreement.

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frogio (47)
The American family unit has been on the downslide since the judicial department has made it so easy for a divorce. Normally, then, the man will leave the house and rarely pay any child support, so the women are forced to gain careers. Funny how the ferderal government just passed a bill making it harder to file financial bankruptcy, but has done nothing about the marriage/divorce laws to protect us from some of the country's moral bankruptcy.

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Gentle Jude (23)
The way God created things, originally women were meant to stay at home and look after and nurture the children while they were growing up. But on the other hand, we can't blame all our problems on mothers having a career. For a start, some parents feel they have to because they won't have enough money. But the family break up isn't due to mothers working, it is due to the general degradation of society which means both parents are morally more lax these days. In the olden days, you didn't get all these divorces, all these 'accidental' births or drunk and abusive parents. It is not the mother working which is causing this, it is the general lack of the principles of right and wrong in the parents. Ie the parents will have divorces and do things which would of never happened in the old days eg swear in front of their children. The only time when this may be applicable (women working) to weakening the family unit is the women who do not care about their families and just want a career.

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EschewObfuscation (61)
Most of the well-adjusted accomplished "children" I know today were raised by a "working Mom" who balanced multiple responsibilities, generally taking the lead role in the nurturing and raising of the children, with help, support and agreement from her husband, who played a different but very importaqnt role in their childhoods. The breakdown in the family unit can be more appropriately tied (in my opinion) to the unspoken acceptance in our society of out-of-wedlock children. Single Mom's have a harder lot, as do single Dads.

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minkey (36)
I read an article today that touched on the idea of the woman staying home versus working. An idea the American public has is that if a woman stays home, the child has more personal interaction with her than it would in a daycare. However, with stay at home Mom's, how often is it that they are interacting with their children? In many cases, the mother watches television, does chores, landry, cooks, uses the computer or telephone, etc etc, while their child plays and does their own thing. Might the child be more intellectually stimulated in a day care, where they could engage in activities with other children as well as adults?

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traderboy (25)
Whenever anyone starts selectively applying phantom memories concerning "the good old days", I go on a giggling jag that ruefully billows out of my small intestine and ceases only at the behest of the now-inquistive petitioner(s). As one extrapolates upon the many ways the "American family unit" was never that stable to begin with, those self-same wistful idolaters of imagined culture revert to their erstwhile defenses (even breaking out in rashes of "Amish Syndrome", where a mentally-hasty barn raising provides convenient refuge from the harsh light of inspection). Disparage that tumultuous decade known as "the 60s" to your liking, but know that it was a watershed period of individual action that brought women a social "trichotomy" they had never enjoyed en masse previously. Those attitudinal shifts have settled into the diversity seen today, where people are largely able to maintain the lifestyle(s) they choose to embrace (and can more-readily readjust when necessary). The trappings of modernity sometimes impedes that progress, but no more than the spirit-crushing problems experienced by past generations. Despite the statistical hoodoo, there has NEVER been a pre-defined model for the "American family unit", and there never will be. You see conflicts occuring when people attempt to emulate prior successful designs without taking into account the extra baggage brought on with each contiguous socioeconomic change. The times have ALWAYS been (and will ALWAYS be) rough, and creative initiative will remain the solvent for them.

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zuchinibut (36)
I'm not saying that women's lib is the whole reason for the decline of American families, but divorce rates and single motherhood have changed during the same times that women have become more active in the work force.

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Djahuti (54)
That would be because too many men refuse to help out with household chores and child rearing when the woman decides to help out with the income.Not too many families can live on one income alone anymore.Wake up and smell the inflation!

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Mr.Political (18)
Before the accusations of sexism begin to proliferate, I think the point should be made that the family unit is not something to hate or despise. Why must it be associated with oppression? What has it done to warrent such contempt? Ideally, one spouse could stay home and the other could work. It's not a difficult concept: it's an efficient and fair one. Today's world often does not provide for either parent (male or female) to stay home while the other works so both work at a job and home. That's called responsible parenting. Blame it on rising costs of living, taxes, gas prices or whatever you want...but spare me the "daddy" metaphors.

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scarletfeather (47)
I have to side with Kamylienne here. Most women probably would prefer to stay home with the babies, but what would be worse? Kids spending their tender years in daycare or kids living in shelters because Daddy could not afford to pay the mortgage on just his salary?

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kamylienne (77)
Okay, so what's the alternative? How many families can survive on a single-parent income? Should we all go on welfare? When one parent DOES stay home to take care of the kids, it's often because childcare expenses are ridiculous, and they're forced to scrape by on a single income. We're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Yeah, I'm sure it would be great if mom can stay home and bake cookies for the kids while daddy goes off to work. But, realistically, not everyone can support their family with a single job.

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CanadaSucks (45)
Ahh. . .'blame the woman'. . .haven't heard that in a long time. . .

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SZinHonshu (44)
I'm not sure if this is where we turned the corner. What is undoubtedly true, however, is that there is very little stigma in the U.S. attached to being divorced or having children out of wedlock anymore. And statistics have proven, over and over again, that single parent female lead households do not commonly produce well-integrated, fully funcitonal adults in comparison to the traditional nuclear family. And the blame rests equally with members of both sexes. There is practically no excuse for having an "unintended" pregnancy in this country in the 21st century. With the inexpensive, widely available range of birth control devices out there, it is indeed a pair of imbeciles who cannot avoid getting the female "in the family way" if that is truly their intention. The reality is that Americans are selfish. We are spoiled and self-centered. We divorce at the drop of a hat if "our needs" are not being met, and the fact that children are already part of the equation is rarely a major consideration. And this, of course, only applies to the people who bothered to get married before conceiving in the first place. Many people crank kids out with about as much long-term thought given to the consequences as I give when I choose my next vacation destination. Sacrifice of finances, autonomy, having to endure any number of problems, difficulties with a spouse ... this is not what a lot of Americans are willing to endure over a period of decades. And when things don't go their way they decide that they are their top priority and then behave accordingly. We have the divorce rate and unpaid child support numbers to prove it. Our values are in decline in this country. We have become, in some respects, like a modern day Rome.

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