CPS Finds “Free Range” Parents Responsible for Unsubstantiated Child Neglect. Now What?
Hanna Rosin's piece from March 2, 2015 has had me wondering whether in a post sexual revolutionary age we're possibly witnessing some kind of trade-off. We're more free to opt to have a sexual relationship of whatever kind most meets our respective needs but it sometimes seems as though there's a flip-side, that we live in an era in which the expectations surrounding proper parenting become more heated and less forgiving. Mockingbird has many a post on the Law and parenting or lifestyle, whether helicopter parenting of the purity codes of food consumption.
As a single person it sometimes seems as though the options for who you may pair up with are more wide-ranging in the internet age than ever before but the socially acceptable options for how you actually live paired-up life, let alone raise any resultant children, seem more hotly contested and with a more restricted menu than before. If CPS can decide in one state to do a "write up" for parents who let their kids do what anyone would have thought virtually nothing of thirty years ago it's hard not to wonder if the trade-off for sexual liberty in a culture comes with a price tag, that the culture takes more initiative to formally and informally dictate the methodologies of child-rearing. It's as though some kind of "balance" between individual liberty and social restriction, some kind of meta-cultural equilibrium is being sought. Or people are just weird.