ANT101-wk5 - Final
ANT101-wk5 - Final
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Men s Parental Rights in America s Culture Student Name ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Instructor Name Date Equal Rights 1 Equal Rights 2 Introductory Who really has control of parenthood Do men really have Rights When it comes to parental rights Who is really in control of conception and Who has control after conception There are so many issues involved concerning equal rights to parenthood in almost all cultures In the American Culture the woman generally has control once conception has taken place Men s rights are ZERO once a child is conceived and they have limited rights after the birth of a child The focus of this thesis Will be Men s Rights to be a parent in today s culture in the United States and What equal rights they have as that parent Equal Rights 3 Men s Parental Rights in America s Culture There are so many controversial issues regarding the rights of children in today s cultures One of the counties that have strict policies regarding child bearing include China which is an example of strict control of child bearing The onechild policy promotes onechild families and forbids couples from having more than one child in both rural and urban areas Parents with multiple children aren t given the same benefits as parents of one child In most cases wealthy families pay a fee to the government in order to have a second child httpenwikipediaorgwikiOnechildpolicy American Kinship is a general model based on the bilineal descent system of Euro Americans of the 1960s Schneider 1968 People worldwide recognize the biological connection between a baby and its parents Cultural evolutionists of the late 1800s thought that people in prehistoric societies did not understand the biological role of the father Miller 2007 The responsibilities of the biological father have changed majorly in the United States There are fathers that truly want to be a father and are very active in the childchildren s life then you have the fathers who have no interest in being a father and have no contact at all with the biological child Then there are the fathers that are not the child s biological parent yet they choose to take an active role in raising the child The right to bear children is stated as being Equal but in all reality these rights are more for women than men When a decision on the case of Roe v Wade was made on January 22 1973 a new error was started regarding Equal Right to Bear Children This gave women Equal Rights 4 more power in the decision to have an abortion or keep a child without regard to what the biological father s decision would be Roe V Wade is the historic Supreme Court s decision on overturning a Texas interpretation of abortion law and making abortion legal in the United States The Roe V Wade decision held that a woman with her doctor could choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without restriction and with restrictions in later months based on the right to privacy httpwomenshistoryaboutcomodabortionuslegalproevwadehtm This decision is still a controversial topic today and has been cited in numerous cases since the final decision of the courts in 1973 All of these issues have always erred to the side of the women in the American Culture for many years The question for our culture is to ask is there really Equal Rights to Bear Children in the American Culture There are several examples where Equal Rights to Bear Children is not evident at all 1 A young couple have been sexually active for about a year he no longer wears protection and she is on oral contraceptives as a prevent measure against pregnancy He is not sure that the relationship is long term she is madly in love and wants to spend the rest of her life with him Accidentally or intentionally she misses taking her birth control a couple of times and is now pregnant She wants to get married have the baby and be a happy family he on the other hand doesn t want anything to do with marriage or a baby right now He wants her to have an abortion and she refuses choosing to have the baby He has no say in the matter and will end up becoming a father against his will depending on the father as an individual some will become wonderful active fathers and others will Equal Rights 5 either disappear completely or be parttime fathers He will be held financially responsible for the support of said child Generally these situations cost the tax payers of the United States in medical cost of the child born and possibly in a financial support system due to the absence of a Dead Beat Dad The question in this case is where is the Equal Rights in this case 2 Same scenario as above but this time the man wants to keep the child and the women wants nothing to do with having children The woman has a choice she can say nothing and discreetly have an abortion without him ever having knowledge of such act this is based privacy issues in the decision made in the case of Roe v Wade and even if she tells him of the pregnancy and pending abortion there is nothing he can do to stop her from having said abortion Where is his Equal Right to Bear Children at in this instance Are the rights of men equal to a woman s when it comes to children Is the American Culture moving toward an Equal Right to Bear Children society How do we reach a medium that would be equal for all involved If a woman doesn t want the child wouldn t it only be fair that the man has the right to take the child to be raised on his own If the woman wants the child and the man doesn t shouldn t he be able to relinquish his rights and responsibilities to said child This would be no different to the woman having an abortion Why does the American Culture allow women full control of our reproductive future Men should have the same rights as women when it comes to bearing children The term Dead Beat Dad has gotten to be the norm in the American Culture Equal Rights 6 today and until we can come to a fair and Equal decision there are going to be more and more breakdown in the American Culture in the future One thing that will help balance Equal Rights to Bear Children between men and women will be when the reality of male birth control is approved Pills Implants patches and creams are also on the way This will give men another option of protecting themselves against unwanted children and more control of when they want to become a parent For the first time a safe effective and reversible hormonal male contraceptive appears to be within reach Several formulations are expected to become commercially available within the near future Men may soon have the options of a daily pill to be taken orally a patch or gel to be applied to the skin an injection given every three months or an implant placed under the skin every 12 months according to Seattle researchers Schieszer J msnbccom contributor 2009 Equal Rights 7 Summary The Right to Bear Children is right of women in the American Culture today By women fighting for Equal Rights some of the rights of men have been taken away In order for there to be true Equal Rights the issue of abortion and moral rights will all have to be reviewed and many years of court battles to come to a fair decision And is there really a fair decision when it comes to Equal Rights to Bear Children Once everyone gets past the argument of the right to have an abortion or to adopt out your child and focuses on the parental rights of both men and women the American Culture will be able to better reach a fair and just decision on Equal Rights to Bear Children for all involved Equal Rights 8 References Miller Barbara 2007 Cultural Anthropology Allyn amp Bacon Millum J 2010 How Do We Acquire Parental Rights Social Theory and Practice 361 112132 Retrieved from Research Library Document ID 1964732981 httpenwikipediaorgWikiOnechildpolicy httpWomenshistoryaboutcomodabortionuslegalproevwadehtm Schieszer J msnbccom contributor 2009 Male Birth Control Pill Soon a Reality Retrieved from httpzlWWWmsnbcmsncomid3543478
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