Saturday, May 16, 2009
What Makes a Family?
I must be watching too many daytime TLC family shows. I've been thinking about the phrase "to start a family". As we all know, it means for a couple to try to get pregnant. But I have begun to feel increasingly uncomfortable with the phrase. It seems to say that children are necessary for a couple to be considered "a family". I know that "to start a family" is probably just a polite way to say "we're having sex a lot" without the visual imagery of picturing people you know having sex. Still, if I were married or in a committed relationship without children, I would consider my partner and I to be a family.