Is the rise of atheism and feminism destroying the “traditional family?”
According to Wikipedia, over half of the world’s population profess to be followers of Christianity and Islam. These religions have significantly contributed to what many consider “traditional family” concepts. However, whether or not atheism and feminism are the underlying reasons these concepts are quickly becoming obsolete is questionable. I think there were several factors working together that ushered in a new type of family framework for the 21st century family.
The industrial age, with its long working hours, certainly did not help the traditional family. In fact, this era seems to be the beginning of the end for the concept of a working father with a housewife and good little kiddies at home.
The sexual revolution helped everyone shake their prudish ways and realize there was more to life than a single monogamous relationship. Men have known this for thousands of years, but the sexual revolution opened the door for women to put aside their religious teachings to instead explore their sexuality.
Of course, feminism (with some help from WWII) did introduce women into the work force en mass, which reshaped the family life at the end of a long work day. Equal education and equal opportunity programs opened a whole new world to the long deprived female who could now spread her intellectual and creative wings.
The sum total of these events, along with many others, has brought the traditional family concept to the brink of extinction, but in all honesty – it was high time for that archaic model to be tossed out anyhow.
Any system that functions on the assumption that one person in a group is better than the rest in that group based on gender, race or religion is as tired and dirty as King Tut’s dusty grave. The traditional family, as defined by Christianity and Islam, gave this primary role to the husband/father while the others were all subject to this rule.
The assumption that every man is a good leader just because he is a man, and that the family is in good hands if it submits to that leadership is as absurd as believing that every American is fit to be President simply because they are Americans. We know this is wrong, just look at our current example.
The decaying traditional family concept is good for everyone since it is quickly being replaced by a new model that assumes equality and rejects sexism.
If people want to blame the breakdown of the traditional family on feminists and atheists, I for one will gladly accept the blame.
- by Stellar1