You will hear a lot about the American family in the election campaign. For most of us, that calls up an image of a man and wife and two or three children. Forget it. Predominant as the social pattern for several hundred years, that American family has lost its place. Households of unmarried couples and households without children outnumber "American family" households. And only about 20 percent of families fit into the traditional structure with father as the only breadwinner.You cannot BELIEVE how insulted I have been recently at the insinuation that a family is only a real family if you have children...otherwise it's a "household" or some other crap term that fails to recognize that family is what you make of it. I'm sure that, not only people such as myself, but also grandparents or aunts/uncles/etc raising children, single mothers or fathers, and other various "households" are livid at the suggestion that we are not families. What about people that choose not to (or can't) have children? What about people who are empty nesters? Do the first group NEVER become families, and the second cease to be families once their children have moved away? Does anyone else think this is completely ridiculous?
Oh, and is anyone surprised that the author of the editorial is a white middle-aged guy? I'm not.