Understanding Platonic Parenting: A Dialogue on Non-Traditional Families

Vernika Tanwani is 23-years-old, and has pursued Masters in Gender Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. She writes both professionally and for pleasure and loves creating art in varied forms including poetry, writing, painting, crocheting, and other DIY projects. In addition to being involved in advocacy and activism surrounding gender, she also feels deeply connected to issues such as child rights, climate change, environmental pollution, and animal rights. She has previously presented her research at international and national conferences and her works have been a part of University journals including Niti Samvad (St Xavier's College, Mumbai), DU-Vidha (Delhi University) and Volcano (Banaras Hindu University).
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The conception of family has, for long, been a part of the debate and discussion around gender and sexuality. Family as a social unit played a significant part in determining how equality, especially in terms of preference, orientation, and gender roles is played out in the social world. Being identified as a family has remained important, especially for non-traditional families because not only does it bring a sense of personal fulfillment but also drives the process of acceptance in society.

Needless to say, the popular media has bombarded all social spheres with the most accepted and appreciated form of what a family looks like, or rather, what a “real family” should look like. We are faced with happy, cheerful portraits of traditional (read heterosexual) families on an everyday basis and we are driven to the point of believing that an ideal family consists of a mom, a dad, two kids, a dog, and a house.

Through popular perceptions, one can easily determine the fragility of this concept and can determine which families are celebrated, which ones are acknowledged, which ones are sympathized with, and which ones are frowned upon. Continue reading “Understanding Platonic Parenting: A Dialogue on Non-Traditional Families”