The Traditional Nuclear Family has had its Day

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Host: Intelligence Squared
Location: Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN
Speaker: Charlie Condou, Philippa Perry, Anne Atkins, Phillip Blond, John Onaiyekan, Professor Susan Golombok


“They f**k you up, your mum and dad”. That was written in the bad old days when the traditional family held sway. Thank goodness that’s all over, argue those in favour of a more modern and liberal understanding of what constitutes a happy family. Children need to grow up in a loving environment, but love isn’t restricted to that which exists between a married man and woman. It comes, more and more frequently, in all sorts of combinations.

What libertarian clap-trap, say the traditionalists. The most depressing thing to come out of the sexual revolution of the 1960s is the utter selfishness of parents. Children are now produced in order for their parents to have fully realised lives, whether they are straight, gay, single or cohabiting, with little thought for the good of the children or society. Children need the stability of the nuclear family in order to flourish and develop a sense of duty and trust. These are the virtues which go on to lay the underpinnings of a well-structured society.


Following our sell-out December debate on foreign aid, we’re back for the second in our series of monthly Versus debates with Google+. This time, the traditional family is in the dock.

Combining the flair of Intelligence Squared debates with the innovative technology of Google+ Hangouts, we’re bringing the world’s best speakers to the fray, either hosting them on stage at Sadler’s Wells in London or beaming them onto the big screen from wherever they are in the world. And you’ll be able to join us either at the venue or by tuning in on the Versus Google+ and Versus YouTube channels.

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