Why are equal rights the cause of eroding family values in the western world?

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  1. K9keystrokes profile image88
    K9keystrokesposted 11 years ago

    Why are equal rights the cause of eroding family values in the western world?

  2. K. Burns Darling profile image80
    K. Burns Darlingposted 11 years ago

    Although I believe that there are many factors that play a role in the downfall of traditional family values  in America,  I do not believe that we can blame equal rights. My mother was one of those women in the late sixties and early seventies who pioneered the role of the female executive. Both of my parents worked outside of the home, and they shared responsibility for both my sister and I and for the work around the house.  Although both of my parents worked long hours at work, they also made a concentrated effort to be present at home with their children. Growing up, dinner time was a family affair, and was served at 6:30pm sharp, usually with both parents present. My mother was both a Brownie and a Girl Scout leader for my sister and I ; My father coached my softball team.  Most Sunday mornings you would find us at church. My sister and I were praised for what we did well, and we were punished for misbehavior. We were taught that there were consequences for our actions. We were taught to respect our elders, that we had to earn things that we wanted, and we were expected to do well in school. My parents had a true partnership in the literal sense of the word, and they treated each other with love and respect. It is their example that I follow in my own marriage.   I believe that the erosion of family values has more to do with an increasing population of people who are self-absorbed and living in a world that is too easily influenced by things like instant gratification. I believe that the erosion is being advanced by people who are not interested in actually raising their children, and who treat them more like accessories than the un-molded little souls that they are, and I believe that the erosion of family values has much to do with the lack of God's presence in the home. When I was struggling with the decision of whether or not to return to work or to stay home after the birth of my daughter, my mother's best friend told me, "Your mother worked, not so you would have to , but so you would have a choice." Equal rights means having the equal right to choose for yourself; And  I don't think that you can blame being equal for the destruction of family values.

  3. Jeff Berndt profile image76
    Jeff Berndtposted 11 years ago

    Equal rights are not the cause of eroding family values in the western world.

  4. GALAXY 59 profile image91
    GALAXY 59posted 11 years ago

    I think that you got more than just the title wrong, Spook more. Why would you think that women only single families are eroding family values? Why not male only single families? The natural flow of things has nothing at all to do with the way humans reproduce and increase in number, the family, i.e. two parents one male one female, is a very recent thing in the scale of human evolution. It isn’t a natural thing at all but rather a very unnatural artifice. In nature it is the norm for a female to select the best mate from the group of available males to produce offspring with. Few creatures mate for life and humans are often no exception.

    Believe me, female teachers are just as good at disciplining a child as a male. As are women in general, in my own family I am the disciplinarian and my husband is the soft one who always gives in to the children, no matter what they want.

    There is much to criticise in the western world, as there is much to criticise in all of the countries and civilisations of the world but the west’s attitude toward equality isn’t one of them. I wish that I could say the same about some of the countries where women are classed as second class citizens, or as little more than possessions.

  5. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 11 years ago

    This is such a ludricrous question.  Equal rights are so important in the evolution of humankind.   Everyone is equal and should have the right to have a decent quality of life.   The promotion of equal rights, especially for women, in fact, promotes family values.   

    In an equal society, women are respected and not abused.  Women can pursue education and have access to reproductive freedom which enhances the quality of family life.   If you observe in countries where women are viewed as unequal e.g. in Afghanistan, there is a worsening quality of family life in which women are raped by their husbands who view their wives as slaves or worse.   Girls in Afghanistan are viewed as persona non grata who can be raped and abused at will. 

    Please!  Please!  Equal rights are an important factor in the evolution of family life.  Western society has not eroded because of equal rights, in fact, it has advanced.  In fact, because there are societal factions which express exclusion of certain members of society that is leading to the erosion of Western society.   There are certain groups who wish to adapt fundamentalist policies regarding the status of women in regards to abortion and other reproductive issues.    Equality for women is here to stay and one should ever be vigilant in that regard.

  6. profile image57
    Mohammad Wasimposted 11 years ago

    Equal rights between men and women are the key sources of decencies of the families. The beauty of non discrimination in Western world are to be respected and
    projecting to adopt, where women are not respected.   
    The cause of eroding family values in Western World due to lake of faith between partners, extreme use of alcohols and the financial adjustment.

    If both partner try to organize with mutual interest and children are growing under the shadow of love. I am sure, the western family will be the greatest example of the excellent family.

  7. Allen Williams profile image73
    Allen Williamsposted 11 years ago

    I was confused over the title but after reading your response to the other answers I think I am understanding your point.  The breakdown of the traditional family is what is changing family values.  That is not to say that a single parent, male or female cannot raise their children properly and raise them to be good people with good values. 

    In generally speaking though I see the point you are trying to make in that by not having the influence of both the male and female in the household or at least in the lives of the children, they only see one side of a belief system.  The mother having one way of thinking while the father would have another way of thinking. It doesn't mean that either one is bad or right for that matter but by not having both thought processes to see a point of reference from just the one, there becomes a breakdown. 

    An example might be a situation where a single mom that is doing a good job raising her child, a daughter is allowing her daughter to go out with friends and she is dressed borderline of being slutty looking.  If the mother not thinking the way a father would, allows her to go out looking borderline like a slut, she might come to believe that she looks appropriate and that it is ok to go out looking that way.  On the other hand a father in most cases might look at the way she is dressed and he will put his foot down and say to her that she is not going out that way.  He will make her look more conservative and less slutty looking.  Understand that I am not saying either opinion is right or wrong but it brings 2 different opinions to the forefront.  This is what will help the daughter grow up with certain values.  She will understand how other people see her and that will allow her to make better decisions in the future.  By missing either one of those opinions does not give the daughter a true perspective of reality in the real world.  She goes on believing that it is just one way only. 

    Consider if her father was raising her by himself how she might grow up making decisions.  It might not be wrong for her father to tell her to dress differently, but she would also not have such freedom of expressing herself the way that she wants to.  With both parents' input she will be more equipped to make reasonable decisions by being able to understand where 2 sides of an argument are coming from.  Neither one is wrong, but they are different and compliment each other.

  8. poetvix profile image56
    poetvixposted 11 years ago

    The simplest answer to your question is that they are not.

  9. K9keystrokes profile image88
    K9keystrokesposted 11 years ago

    What outstanding responses on both sides of the issue. Just so everyone is clear, I personally DO NOT feel that equal rights are the cause of eroding family values. I read a hub that depicted this as the issue with the western world, and thus I felt compelled to ask the question to the community. As expected, the community did not let me down and for the most part have a pretty sound awareness that the eroding family values issue is more likely something far and away different than the implementation of equal rights. Thanks for playing along folks!
    Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend Hubbers!


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