Parent Trap Essay

622 words - 3 pages

Parent Trap

Then title of this article suggests a few things to me. That being a
young single mother is like falling into a hole, everything about the
situation forms a vicious circle holding the girl down and preventing
her from reaching a stable point from which to live her life. It is
semantically quite a negative phrase that suggests perhaps something
that will leave a gap in a person's experience that can never be
filled. Finally I am minded of an extreme long-term commitment that is
often combined with a lack of opportunities.

The government, as portrayed in this article, forms a social group
consisting of upper/upper middle class men and women mainly in the
conservative party. Their values regard society as either non-existent
or not needing/deserving help form government. Their values state that
expecting care and benefits free from the state is wrong, "a policy
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As the government is generally obeyed their values would be
expressed through the norms of good law abiding peoples, so cutting
down the mothers' social opportunities.

The welfare agencies and care groups think that young mothers should
be treated with respect, have access to education and training, be
provided with appropriate services such as crèches, are entitled to an
income that will sustain them, and have equal rights to those of the
rest of humanity. Their values affect the norms of societies more
accepting, "left wing" people. Those that are already support various
charities' actions and would in most cases accept a single mother as a
person rather than a housing list queue jumper. Their norms become
accordingly more accepting to the mothers' so allowing more
opportunity for success in life, with more support.

The single mothers values are generally that their child is important,
that for whatever reason abortion is unacceptable and that they should
be allowed/able to bring their own child up without losing respect
from society. These values are altruistic and not those you would link
with a "stupid queue jumping slag", so this would sway the general
view of society, so that its norms would become more accepting and
supportive, giving the mothers more of a chance. However this could
only happen on a relatively small scale due to the fact that each
person only has a limited sphere of contact with other people, for
example I do not actually know any young single mothers.

Campaigns such as the YWCA have always had a certain amount of success
simply through advertising the fact that there is a problem, and with
a more active approach to the political angle there is even more
opportunity for success. The website itself has a charter which can be
signed easily, however from the whole of the world the online charter
only has 50 visible names. I believe that this campaign can and will
build on the successes of earlier groups, but will not be the last
such campaign as the work is never over. I wish them luck.

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