The traditional family is becoming less and less important in modern society. Many duties traditionally carried out by the “man of the house” are now catered for by our government. Women no longer depend on the oppressive patriarchal hierarchy for child support. Today they can safely rely on our welfare system and government schools for child support while they pursue their dreams. The role of the male in society is no longer to provide for the family; at least not directly. Instead the role of men and to a lesser extent women is to contribute to society by working hard and paying their taxes in order to fund the welfare programs that make single motherhood and the empowerment of women possible.
People are also relying less and less on family for monetary support. The sophisticated legislation we have developed over the last few decades has allowed our government to take care of needs that would previously have required a large network of friends and family, so that fewer people than ever fall through the cracks. Elderly people who haven’t managed to develop positive reciprocal relationships with their children (despite their best efforts) are now able to receive benefits from the government instead. Modern society makes sure that nobody is left without care or an income – even those people who society has rejected.
So am I saying that the family is bad? Not necessarily; only that it’s unnecessary in modern society. Children get the best care and education possible from our government’s child support programs and free schools with advanced curricula and dedicated teachers. Women can enjoy their lives free from boring long term relationships with “stable” and “reliable” men and the responsibilities of child care. Our intricate system of child care benefits and education allows men and women to pursue their careers and contribute to the tax base while engaging in satisfying but non-binding short term relationships. It’s a win-win-win for men, women and children which has never before been possible. Yet another example of how, contrary to popular conservative dogma, legislation and taxes can actually increase freedom for everybody.