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    What caused the demise of the traditional family unit?

    I say, first television and then entitlement programs. I am interested in your thoughts on this. Thanks, :)

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    The sexual revolution played a role also.
     
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    Television.
     
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    Entitlements and financial stresses.

    Entitlements pay better for broken families. and low income is always a horrible stresser on a marriage.

    And there is just the reality that women can walk away from a bad situation, where as before they were stuck.

    While in theory the traditional marriage is the best possible universe, the actual practice was something else again.

    TV can't be blamed. It is actually a uniter. Something to be done together, and shared. In olden times, families were appart a lot. Hubby was away 12 hours a day for work. On off days he was out with the Shriners or whatever, and wife was doing her sewing circle. TV at home is something the whole family can do together (But never does)
     
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    you presume that families are demised. they're not. they've just changed some. but

    women working.

    once they had their own money, they didn't have to stay in terrible marriage because they couldn't afford to live on their own

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    anti-domestic violence initiatives and establishment of women's shelters that helped women out of abusive relationships.

    and before you argue with me about it, statistics show that in large part, women leave when they've had enough; men don't generally leave until they have someone else to go to.
     
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    You make interesting points. I think of TV as being the first divisive intrusion into the family unit, as so many shows portrayed unrealistically happy families and everyone stopped playing board games together, or listening to the radio, or perhaps playing outside. I really don't know what all people did before television. But I recall reading that they mostly did things, interactively, together.
     
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