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Assess the view that it no longer makes sense to talk about the patriarchal family For the most part of human civilisation families were always considered as being male dominated or patriarchal

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Assess the view that it no longer makes sense to talk about the patriarchal family For the most part of human civilisation families were always considered as being male dominated or patriarchal, however since the mid 1950's and onwards families have slowly become a lot more women orientated. Some sociologists argue that now women have a lot more power in the home and as they become more equal to men in society they also have more power in the marriage and the way the household operates, these sociologists say that modern day families are no longer male dominated as they were last century and before. Power in the household, (i.e which parent makes the decisions in the household like when to move, buy a new car, schools etc...) is becoming more women orientated according to sociologists like Irene Hardill, Anne Green, Anna Dudlestone and David Owen who proved this by a study carried out in 1997, the results of this found that on a whole decisions in the family were being made jointly between the husband and wife. ...read more.

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In 1974 Wilmot and young suggested that the family was becoming more symmetrical, in housework men were prepared to participate more than before when women did all the housework. Wilmot and Young proved this 'new man' had less power in the family, they were equal to their wives and prepared to help out at home which shows a partnership in the household rather than the male dominating the relationship. However other sociologists particularly feminists disagree that men share the housework, Ann Oakley in 1974 proved that few men participated in housework a lot of the time and when they may do the ironing or load the washing machine, women do more housework than men. Oakley stated that 72 percent of men who claim to do housework only share a little of the burden. This is an argument against the patriarchal no longer in existence as the males failure to participate in equal housework shows they do not respect their wives as much as some sociologists would claim, many men still see that their wives should be the ones who clean the house whereas they should make the money. ...read more.

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Sociologists disagree on this issue on whether men are still dominating the household and family life. However it is shown by key figures in the media like David Beckham that men are taking a much more active role in their family by caring for their children and doing the housework. It is truer to say that women are much more equal to men but older generations still believe in traditional views like the patriarchal and they still socialise their children to think this way. However women are more independent and as they become more equal to men in society by gaining suffrage etc... they gain more power in the family also. The family is defiantly becoming less patriarchal in that men are respecting their wives more and women have more of a say in the running of the household but there are still definite views on what is seen to be men's jobs and women's jobs and as long as these exist the family will not become equal or more woman dominated. ...read more.

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