Blog 6 - Family Values
The mothers in Pardo's article took a new stance on the traditional family values. They were/are Latino mothers that stay at home to take care of their children and the home. They then turned into this militant type of group that not only were advocating on behalf of others, but also fighting for their community and against other political governing bodies. They over took this 'traditional' view that people had and revamped its meaning. They 'allowed' the men to continue to be the 'highest' in the patriarchal order, however, women were starting to become the bread winners.
I think that within families, it doesn't matter who the parental figures spend their time with or who they love of the opposite sex. If children are brought up in positive, stable enviorments, then there is no need to descriminate against same sex families. There is a need to understand and recognize that the different roles men and women play are contingent upon how they are not only privately but public as well. The different tensions noted by Lehr about a male's masculinity and being a good family man are interrelated and not seen by all.
There are intense challenges that Lehr pointed out regarding traditional family politics that revolve around the seperation of sexuality from reproduction. The fact that a gay or lesbian couple are 'favored' when being chosen by adoption agencies is appaling. I like that Lehr touched on some of the more hardcore topics within family values and how society views men and women.