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Red Families v. Blue FamiliesLegal Polarization and the Creation of Culture$
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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199836819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199836819.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Red Families v. Blue Families

Naomi Cahn

June Carbone

Oxford University Press

The new information economy is reconstructing the structure of the family in manners that radically affect the status of marriage-based communities resulting in a dichotomy of conflicting cultures. On one hand there are the “blue families” which can be considered the liberal side. Blue family champions embrace equality for all relationships regardless of gender and preference, and celebrate sexual freedom that grants women's full participation within the society. Their children are taught to delay family formation until both partners achieve emotional and financial stability. In addition, those who adopt the blue family mentality have solid income, low divorce rates, and few teen births. On the other hand resides the “red families” which are compelled by religious disciplines and strive to reinforce the unity between marriage, sex, and procreation. These social conservatives do not recognize that the continuous changing of the economy has compromised the traditional practice of abstinence, courtship, and shotgun marriages. Their consistent attempts of bringing back conventional beliefs produce even more problems as they collide with the structure of modern economy. This chapter explains that it is important to acknowledge the existence of issues in family values and that it is time to resort to a comprehensive conversation in order to surpass this cultural division.

Keywords:   family structures, blue family paradigm, red family paradigm, social equality, sexual freedom, social conservatism, religious disciplines, conventional beliefs

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