Shaking Up the Two-Parent Model: 3 Cultures That Do Parenthood Differently

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Though Laurie Shrage’s New York Times Opinionator article on “forced fatherhood” has proved problematic for some, there’s no denying it does get readers thinking about the standard American model of parenthood. Do genes, monetary support, or care giving make someone a parent? What happens when questions of same sex parenting, surrogates, embryonic cloning, and adoption enter the conversation? As Americans, we struggle with these issues—but many societies simply don't. Check out three cultures that construct the parent-child relationship differently.

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