Individuality In Children's Literature

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The next reason for presenting same-sex couples in books for children is the necessity of raising tolerant and thoughtful members of the society who are aware of the existence of different people. It does not concern only homosexuals as people can differ in a various ways such as disabled people, people of color and other religions believers. Therefore, it is important to show their existence not to exclude the great part of the society from children's world view thus depriving them of opportunity to learn more about them and form a respectful attitude to all the groups of people presented in the society. The images of different people in children's literature show them the variety of the world around them thus teaching them to respect other…show more content…
As children's literature provides children with the understanding of the society around them and their place in it, it is bound to affect their self-perception (Nodelman 134). The recent tendency in the children's literature creates the world in which children can explore their own inner talents and strengths on their own and through it better understand their own character and take up the right role model for the rest of their lives (Sammond 157). Yet, a lot of people exist in the modern society, and they are all different. The affiliation with one of them should be a person's conscious choice, and it cannot be performed without the knowledge of their existence and distinguishing features. Therefore, the controversial issues, including same-sex relationships, should be included in children's literature because they help children better understand their self and the world around them, moreover, they show that it is perfectly normal to be different from other people and celebrate a child's own individuality. The profound knowledge of the existing cultural phenomena and the ability to reconcile oneself with them assists children and teenagers in a difficult way of self-acceptance and self-recognizing from which they only…show more content…
Yet, this theory does not correspond with that the fact that sexual orientation is genetic (Weill 1). It means that the society cannot consist only of homosexuals as the estimated lever of homosexuality in the general population is only three to four percent for males and one to two percent for females (Weill 53). So it seems unlikely for the modern society to change into the world with the absence of heterosexual marriage as the percentage of homosexuals is not critical and cannot affect the population strongly. Besides, the same-sex couples nowadays have the opportunity to conceive children through the use of modern medical technologies such as extracorporal fertilization or with the help of surrogate maternity or adoption. Surely, the same-sex parents are capable of loving their children no less than heterosexual parents. However, the strong opponent of same-sex marriage legalization psychologist Trayce Hansen claims that children need more than just love and benefit only from the traditional model of family relationships with one male and one female parent that allows them to develop healthy relationships with people of both gender and reduces psychological problems later in life (Hansen 35). However, the adoption of children by
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