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By Martha Albertson Fineman, Karen Worthington

This e-book examines the country of 'rights-talk' approximately young ones within the U.S. and compares it with advancements in different nations the place, it really is argued, the concept that youngsters must have rights is extra greatly accredited and extra vigorously applied. the gathering conscientiously explores the presence, participation, and remedy of kids in lots of contexts of U.S. society. utilizing foreign human rights norms as a touchstone, it examines the balancing of relationships in the family members; balancing relationships of family members inside of society; and evolving norms of authority, self-discipline, and security. a number of the chapters set forth the theoretical and sensible debates approximately granting optimistic rights to kids. these rights won't simply be shields opposed to country misuses of strength, but additionally represent entitlements to easy social items for kids as a unique and weak type of electorate uniquely positioned in the glossy nation. different chapters argue that youngsters are entitled to nation security opposed to parental excesses and abuse of authority, in addition to defense opposed to pointless nation intervention. additionally, through addressing spiritual pictures of the mum or dad baby relationships, the publication highlights how fundamentalist spiritual ideals invoking traditional strains of authority in the kinfolk are in festival with a human rights paradigm, which perspectives the kid as separate to the level that he/she may perhaps command particular child-centered coverage. In its use of feminist felony thought this publication offers a clean and cogent examine those matters.

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Speakers at WCF gatherings decry the overweening influence, within the UN system, of “radical feminists” and “homosexual rights activists” who would not be able to prevail at home or internationally in a fair and open process (Balmforth, 1999). This “anti-family” agenda includes moving away from speaking about marriage and “the family” to speaking of “families,” opening the door to legitimizing non-marital families and homosexual relationships. Similarly, CWA author Janice Crouse (2004) contends that the radical agenda includes “children’s autonomy from their parents” and “leftist ideas about equality and sexual freedom;” an agenda that clashes with United States “culture” and threatens the family (p.

24). In developing the salutary relationship between religious practice and family life, the essay focuses on consequences like lower rates of divorce and cohabitation and higher levels of marital happiness (including sexual satisfaction). ” Child, Family, State, and Gender Equality 25 influence the behavior of children,” for example, reducing the likelihood of nonmarital pregnancies and births, crime and delinquency (pp. 11–13). The Family Research Council The FRC is a conservative religious organization.

This agenda attacks “the natural rights of the family,” along with each nation’s sovereignty to determine “domestic policies on parental rights and the free expression of religious values and beliefs” (Fagan, p. 2). The CRC and CEDAW threaten the trio of “family, religious freedom, and national sovereignty” (Fagan, p. 1). It should be noted that the CRC echoes the Declaration, affirming the family as “the fundamental group of society,” and stating that the family “should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance” so that it can “fully assume its responsibilities” as the “natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children” (Preamble).

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