Domains of Culture

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DOMAINS OF CULTURE: FAMILY & KINSHIP
When people hear the word “Family”, different things come to mind depending on where you are from. It is defined as a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not (1). Family and kinship are how we inherit values, spiritual, and emotional qualities. We get our character from surroundings and upbringing. Inheritance is also a major part of families. It allows us to honor our ancestors and carry the legacy of those who were apart of us. Due to societal forces, mating practices and inheritance have taken the big hits and dealt blows to the American traditional family. Would you say the widespread use of birth control has contributed to family interference in steering children away from sex and same gender sex? Well, in my opinion it has. For example, contraception has given teens more confidence. It has allowed them to take more risk because the thought of having sex with a condom/birth control and minimal risk of pregnancy looks attractive. It is societal forces like internet dating, secularization, and industrialization that have been major contributors to mating practices that differ from the traditional view. Our teens today have more chances than teens two decades ago. Societal forces are making a difference in our nation and making it difficult to maintain cultures and values in America. We have also seen within our culture a change in family dynamics in part due to mating patterns and the way mating and choosing a mate is viewed today. The traditional family set up has suffered today due to an increase in homosexual relationships. Being in homosexual relationships goes against the views of what a traditional family is. Is the traditional family becoming obsolete? This is a serious question that we must all consider. In my opinion, the answer to this question is yes. Homosexual relationships are still not completely...
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