• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Functionalist view on Same-Sex Families

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Functionalist view on Same-Sex Families What is Functionalism? Functionalism is the belief that members of society form relationships with each other through rules and regulations i.e. the law. They also believe society is based on a consensus and there is no time for conflict, although it is acknowledged but is seen as only a temporary disturbance, which can be resolved. They believe it is the basis of social life without it there would be conflict and disorder. Society is seen like the human body, institutions within society playing a significant role to ensure its upkeep like schools. These institutions are what influence societies members on social behaviour. They see the family as how it functions and contributes towards society as a whole. They believe the function of a family is to educate and prepare children before they become adult workers. What is the New Right? The New Right believes the family is the cornerstone of society. They see the ideal family is that of the nuclear unit, a heterosexual relationship based on love and commitment with the reproduction of children. ...read more.

Middle

In today's society same-sex couples are becoming more and more common, and they contribute just as much to society as the average heterosexual couple. So why is it so hard for same-sex families to live like everyone else? Because society disapproves. During my research on the Internet I discovered a few news articles that can answer my question: SUIT OVER DEATH BENEFITS ASKS, WHAT IS A FAMILY? In 1977 Sandra Rovira and Marjorie Forlini formalised their relationship in a ceremony where they exchanged vows and rings in front of a gathering of friends and family. They did this because under American Law same-sex couples are not allowed to marry. Over their years together they did what every family does; bought a house, raised Ms Rovira's children, and cared for each other through sickness and in health. When Ms Forlini passed away, Ms Rovira was by her bedside. The company in which Ms Forlini worked for denied benefits to Ms Rovira. So she filed a lawsuit for breach of policy, AT&T clearly state in their benefit plan that it provides a years pay to the spouse and unmarried dependant children under 23 of an employee who dies of an illness. ...read more.

Conclusion

They have to argue their case in order to claim benefits that would be given to heterosexual couples without question. This is societies answer, to resolve the 'temporary disturbance'. In conclusion, functionalists believe that the nuclear family is the role model of society. There are several types of family in this day and age and not all of them follow the nuclear influence. Same sex couples are not yet recognised as a norm in society but the awareness is growing, they still have to keep fighting for their rights but there will be a day when people won't think anything of it. Functionalist place same sex couples in the 'underclass' category because they don't conform to their expectations. In a recent survey taken in America 50% of young Americans think gay people shouldn't have the same rights as everyone else, but they also said they didn't know enough to form a sound opinion. Most Americans said they think gay teachers should be fired, not only is that unfair dismissal, and discrimination. But what is it teaching the children? Functionalists say the main function of a family is to help educate children in social behaviour required by society. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Marxism and Functionalism and their contribution to sport.

    they are the majority to spend their money on, just to increase their capital yet again, a Marxist would argue. Although the Marxists perspective is aware of inequalities resulting from money in sport, it fails to recognise that sport can have for individuals other possibilities such as creativeness and provision of challenging experiences.

  2. Attitudes to gay and Lesbian families

    They're also reliable and standardised and give open ended answers, which will give further information and insight such as meanings and motives, which is what I am aiming for. Lastly, I can look for patterns in answers which will help make comparisons and allow to me to make generalisations.

  1. Homophobia: a Definition

    They are the rule, not the exception. Gay boys are forced to confront and deal with their own homophobia, because they can't avoid it. Their irrational feelings of loathing towards "THEM" and their own developing sexual identities are in terrible conflict that they can't just ignore, since both relate centrally to their own sense of self.

  2. Discussing Legalizing Same-sex Marriage in China

    Just on 20th April 2001, the third version of 'The Criteria of Classification and Diagnosis for Metal Disorder of the People's Republic of China' officially and legally excluded homosexuality from the various categories of mental illnesses, (http://www.x.com.cn/lt/zx-xbbz.htm), which is nineteen years later than America and seven years later than the World Health Organisation.

  1. Should the age of consent be lowered from 16 for heterosexual couples and to ...

    and no doubt the pro-arguments go on. In contrast, there are many compelling arguments to not only keep the age of consent where it is, but possibly to have it raised. Many of these have sadly been based upon unfortunate consequences of under age sex, but nevertheless serve to reinforce

  2. Sociology – the Underclass

    According to their article, Gunnar Myrdal introduced the term in the early 1960's to 'describe those being marginalised and shut out of the labour market as a result of structural economic change.'11 It was first used in Britain to draw attention to the exclusion of immigrants from welfare.

  1. Discuss the change from the "one sex" model to the "two sex" model and ...

    Thomas Lacquer refers to this as the "one sex/one flesh model" in contrast to our modern "two sex model".2 Perhaps the clearest expression of the one sex model is found in the works of the second century physician, Galen. Galen's anatomical understanding influenced artisans, midwives and surgeons alike.

  2. Sociological Analysis of Families

    Women shifted their attention to employment not only to support their families but also to have taste of respect, social relationships, and self-esteem. Some women take jobs to secure themselves in a society of shakier marriages. As more wives are outward, the nature of duties of husbands has changed.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work