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'Family Values' Stamp by Spikytastic 'Family Values' Stamp by Spikytastic
Jello Biafra quote, from his "Ban Everything" piece.

Defending 'family values' is, to quote the Ban Everything piece again, just trying to exercise power to control in other people what [you] see no reason to control in [your] own life.
That, and people who are obsessed with keeping things clean for the children are about ten times as obsessed with sex and drugs as the rest of us.

I don't deny that we shouldn't run around telling our kids all about sex and drugs and whatnot... but family values is just one of those phrases people will use to keep anything they don't like out of the media.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Teaching your kids to ostracize, discriminate, hate, etc. another person or group of people just because YOU think they don't love the right internal plumbing is NOT "family values".

Teaching your kids that it's okay to believe another person or group is below them or "less than" — for whatever reason — is NOT "family values".

Telling a non-nuclear family that they aren't a family, cannot be a family, or are wrong/disgusting/sick/perverted/blasphemous/abominable for wanting to be recognized as a family is NOT "family values", either.

All of the above is just being a very small, insecure person who cannot be happy unless their "kind" are in complete superior control while the "others" are denied the same basic rights. Because God forbid we actually let people live by their own religion/belief systems in a country that is centered on the fact that everyone can live by their own beliefs without having the religious beliefs of others forced upon them. It isn't okay to do the forcing just because you (the collective, not you specifically of course) believe your beliefs are the "right" ones. Who the hell does anybody think they are to stand in judgment of someone because of who they want to commit their lives to in love, anyway? :no:
commander-rolex Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
*reads description* damn straight
DaBair Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Family values" usually comes from far-right nutjobs who think the Bible was written to cater to white Americans.
Chiminix Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Because the standards that have always worked before threaten this little rebellious phase we're going through.
funlakota Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
What I never understood by this phase is wouldn't what each family value vary from family to family?

Also, I know some individuals say homosexuality go against "family values."  But don't homosexuals themselves have values as well?  Don't they have opinions on what is and isn't appropriate to show children for instance?  (I bring up the issue of what's appropriate to tell kids since that gets lumped under the phrase "family values" a lot)

You wanna know how I define "family values" and what I want to teach my (hypothetical) kids as "family values?"  I want them to be kind to and accepting of other people regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, etc.   I want them to try to forgive others who wronged them.  I want them to treat others with respect and basically how they want to be treated.  I find those things more important than taking away rights from gay people for whatever stupid reason others can come up with.  
kitkattykomodo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist
And especially beware Crossed: Family Values.
But you're right; some things should be cleaned up a little, but people who just try to completely purify everything for their spoilt brats need to STFU. If your child's darling mind could be corrupted by TV, buy them a book.
PeachyPuppyGirl30 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
And if their mind can be corrupted by the book...I don't know, give them a blank piece of paper? XD
kitkattykomodo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Maybe they should stop acting like pussies and teach their kids what's right and wrong.
my family values mostly come from my combined parents' histories. i have some Inupiaq values (like respecting the animals, the dead, the elders, etc.) and lower-middle class values (like save up money and never waste good food) what i hate is washing mouths out with soap when parent taught children their swears and curses
RockyGems Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
baffledBITS Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, durr, how about they just don't show their kids that shit?
I don't let the younger kids in my family watch, read or listen to things they shouldn't. It's not that hard.
DameGreyWulf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Ironic that "BUT TEH KEEDS" is always used to argue against things that don't involve or will not involve children whatsoever.

Such as Australia's movement against porn.
VinnyCrow Featured By Owner May 6, 2010   General Artist
I think that family values do have a good purpose in life, but I also think it's wrong to follow them blindly simply because one has grown up with them. Not all family values are good, and it is up to the individual to think for theirself to decide what values should be retained and which should be improved upon.
Spikytastic Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
True. It's not that family values are intrinsically a bad thing to have or worry about-- it's the fact that all sides tend to use "family values" to mean "I don't like this". There are some good 'family values', and yeah, there are some things we shouldn't show kids (though I have to admit that it's just my personal bias that wants to see Dora the Explorer put through a wheat thresher...).
Enforcing "family values" on everyone is just a way to prevent people from being able to think for themselves, really.
So yeah, you're right.
PunkGRL5 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
"Family values" is all an attempt to make all families like Ozzy & Harriet. Which was so fake even in its own time.
CalicoWoolfe Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Ok, and this one I'm confused with....Huh?
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