Matthew J. Pappenfus
April 20, 2012
I decided to write my research paper based on a television show that sparked my interest, “30 Days: Same-Sex Parenting.” Directed by Morgan Spurlock, someone who did his very own 30 day experiment in “Super-Size Me,” a fairly well known movie. Now he is putting other individuals into different environments that are outside of their normal traditions. In this series the main characters are: Kati, a 40-year-old housewife from California; also, Tom and Dennis with their four adopted boys living in Michigan. The summary of the story is a stay at home mom moved in with two gay men and their four adopted sons for 30 days. The mother held a firm belief that a man and a woman should raise children. She was also adopted and strongly supports adoption, but doesn’t believe gay couples have the right/should raise children. During her stay, she had to abide by three rules: she would have to live the gay couple and the four adopted sons; she would have to participate with the gay community and join some same-sex family events; finally she would have to support and help the gay and lesbians who are working towards equal rights for their families. Over the 30 days she followed each rule, but in the end when she reflected on her experience and stated, even though she enjoyed Tom and Dennis’s company she still held true to her opinion that gays and lesbians shouldn’t have the option to have kids. The final night when Tom and Dennis sat down with Kati, Dennis told Kati that he doesn’t think they can be friends if she calls what they are doing a sin or takes actions against them and other gay/lesbian couples for raising children. After the discussion, she still supported her ideas and was sad they couldn’t be friends after this experience. However, it was important to view different values before deciding. After watching the movie several times, and a little help from my teacher I decided on a perspective....
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