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The Discussion of the Family

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Through the past 100 years, the concept of the family and the factors revolving around it had drastically changed.   Terms which used to be non-existed or non-related to the family gradually took defining roles in the study of the family.   These include controversial terms such as designer babies, cybersex and virtual communities. One of the main defining features of the family is the site of reproduction, not only in the biological but also in the cultural and social aspect.   But in the last decades, birth control and sterilization became both a trend and a requirement.   In the ’ 50s birth control had been compulsory in countries such as the U. S.  On the other hand, mass sterilization had been imposed by the Nazi.   The said procedures were referred to as eugenics which was originally aimed to eliminate diseases affecting the specific population.   Due to the result, eugenics had been halted for a certain period of time.   Because of the onset of technological age which ushered genetic engineering, birth control became a choice and other procedures that define designer babies came about.   This concept redefined the older concept of the family as the root, mold and training ground of human civilization.   In the advent of new technologies, the future of the family on the basis of the aspect of reproduction can be defined by probabilities of engineering and choosing physical appearance, performance and skills, and behavior, through the genes (Gilding, 2002, p. 4-6).

The family is also the site for the most intimate interaction of individuals with common goals and blood ties.   The dynamics in the society, though, forced the detachment of sexuality from marriage.   As a result, de factor relationships, ex-nuptial births, and homosexuality became common.   This is referred to as plastic sexuality wherein reproduction is not the main aim but the satisfaction of sexuality.   The ultimate indication of plastic sexuality is cyber relationships and cybersex, the second unprecedented concept what emerged within the last 50 years.   It had been defined as an interaction without the limitations of geographical distance, embodiment, and inhibitions.

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