American Families Essay

This essay has a total of 436 words and 2 pages.

American Families

Families are the foundation for every human being

According to Barbara Ehrenreich in "Are Families Dangerous?," families are the most
dangerous place to be, because of several reasons. First, for women the most unsafe place
to be is inside her own home. This is because the people who love you the most are the
ones who abuse and murder their loved ones. According to Charles Fourier, "the family is
the barrier to human progress," which leads me to believe that Ehrenreich is trying to
portray the family as a downside to our society instead of a positive aspect of our lives.
Subsequently, there is no such thing as the "functional" family, each and every family
needs counseling and policies to provide guidance. Families cause damage to children
because of a constant attack on one's self esteem. Most importantly, according to
Ehrenreich families are the source of violence within our world, she believes if we would
disband our families our world would be a much improved living environment.

The article I discussed was, "Are families dangerous?," by Barbara Ehrenreich. This
article gave copious reasons for what the family does to destroy ones self esteem or even
ones physical well being. Ehrenreich stated numerous facts that supported her view upon
the American family. She used two human sources, one being Charles Fourier (French
Philosopher) and a British anthropologist by the name of Edmund Leach. Both of these men
agreed that the family was the source of all evil within our society. She also used
specific court cases that indicated domestic violence within the home. Each of these cases
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