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Multiple Genders [electronic resource]: Mind and Body in Conflict

Instinctively, we say there are two sexes. But does this always reflect reality? In this program, Dr. Stephen Whittle argues that it does not. Whittle further contends that society must recognize transsexuals, like himself, and others, like Arthur and Del, who are hermaphrodites-sexual hybrids. Arthur has male and female attributes and wants to keep them in the interest of maintaining his psychic balance and identity. Del, born female, favors her male side and has written a book charting her physical transition to an "inter-sex. A theologian addresses the moral implications of multisexual orientation, while a physician and polygendered people ask: Is sex the same as gender? Are inter-sexes mistakes or part of nature? Do parents have the right to demand reconstructive surgery for thei [...]
2006; 1997

Divorce Made Simple [electronic resource]

Marriages, they say, are supposed to last forever. Why then have courts and legislatures made it so much easier to get a divorce? How did they imagine it would help society? And have women and children really reaped the intended financial and social benefits? This program examines the state of divorce in America as it argues that the time has come for the pendulum of legislation to swing the other way, once again making divorces harder to obtain.
2005; 2001

Love [electronic resource]

What exactly is love? What are its biological underpinnings, and how have cultural definitions of that word, so heavily endowed with meaning, evolved? Beginning with the Sumerians and other ancient civilizations, this program seeks to understand love's social rituals and its interrelated physiological imperatives. Topics under consideration by anthropologist Helen Fisher of Rutgers University, psychoanalyst Malek Chebel, biologist Robert Francoeur, and author Morton Hunt include pair bonding; platonic, courtly, and romantic models of love; homosexuality; inhibitions vs. promiscuity; and behaviors such as flirting.
2007; 1998

Marriage [electronic resource]

An institution supported by religious and civil authorities, marriage bestows both freedoms and restraints designed to promote social stability. But as divorce rates continue to soar, is marriage getting a bad name? In this program, author Sabine Da Costa and anthropologists Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University, and Peter Lovell, of the University of New Brunswick, track the development of marriage, from ancient times to the current day. Specific topics include cohabitation; arranged marriages; betrothal; dowry; the wedding ceremony; endogamy and exogamy; monogamy, polygamy, and polyandry; same-sex marriages; divorce; and remarriage.
2006; 1998

Family [electronic resource]

From prehistoric extended families to today's double-income and single-parent families, the family as an institution has undergone dramatic change. This program examines the concept of family as viewed around the world and down through time. Historians Andre Burguiere and Pieter Spierenburg; authors Beatrice Gottlieb and Helene Tremblay; Henri Leridon, of the Institute for Demographic Studies; and Egyptologist Florence Maruejol discuss family structure in agrarian societies, life in a polygamous family, the practice of infanticide, the effects of the Industrial Revolution, the impact of the Baby Boom, the upsurge in generational alienation, the impact of divorce, and other topics.
2006; 1998

Women and Men Unglued [electronic resource]: Marriage and Relationships in the 21st Century

Men and women of marriageable age are staying single in record numbers. The traditional family is fast becoming an anachronism. Could the 21st century be the era when the sexes go their separate ways? Through a series of filmed portraits and candid, often gritty interviews, this program looks at changing contemporary gender relations and expectations, exploring how men and women feel about issues such as dating, marriage, money, parenting, romantic love, feminism, and commitment.
2006; 2003

Homosexuality [electronic resource]: Religious Perspective

Throughout history, homosexuality has been censured by some of the world's major religions-and often punished to the severest degree. This program studies the scriptures and doctrines of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to understand why, and then contrasts their stances with those of Hinduism, Sikhism, and the Rome of Hadrian. A compassionate and compelling discussion of gay marriage and child adoption by gay couples involving the Reverend Richard Kirker, of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement; Rabbi Chaim Rapoport; and others is featured. Genetic predisposition toward homosexuality is considered, and homosexual acts in the animal world, as they relate to scripture, are addressed. Contains mature themes and explicit language and imagery.
2006; 2003

Inside the Lives of Children Having Children [electronic resource]

As teen pregnancy rates rise in the U.S., this ABC News program follows four families coping with the day-to-day realities of the issue. Case studies come from Massachusetts, where a teen couple tries to raise their six-month-old son together; from Kentucky, where a 14-year-old girl attends a school designed for pregnant teens; from Washington State, where a senior quarterback has impregnated his school's homecoming queen, subsequently ignoring her; and from Texas, where a young mother in labor cries out for her own mom when her contractions intensify. The program also studies two disparate schools of thought on combating teen pregnancy-one highlighting abstinence, the other safe sex.
2010; 2009

Lost Adventures of Childhood [electronic resource]: The High Price of Hyper-Parenting

Sometime during the close of the 20th century, free play vanished from the lives of American children. Today, a riptide of structured, highly competitive activities fills their waking hours, heightened by parental ambition and anxiety. This program examines the world of scheduled play-dates and ultra-organized sports, searching out the causes and implications of the hyper-managed childhood. Interviews feature gung-ho, technology-armed parents; summer camp staff charged with documenting each child's every move; and, most poignantly, children visibly stressed by their fast-forward lifestyles. Expert guests include Under Pressure author Carl Honore and Psychology Today editor Hara Estroff Marano.
2010; 2008

The New Family [electronic resource]

Can the American family be defined? Today's isolated nuclear families, some with unmarried or same-sex parents, challenge traditional notions. This video explores the evolution of new family types and what they mean for the future.
2005; 2000

Fatherhood [electronic resource]

New research points to the role that a father plays in his child's IQ development, social adaptation, and even the stability of that child's eventual marriage. This video offers a fascinating look at today's father, and what he can and does mean to his kids.
2005; 2000

Teen Parents [electronic resource]

Over 1,400 teenage girls become pregnant every day in America. This video identifies three sources of support-family, school, and community-that are essential in helping teen parents raise children successfully.
2005; 2000

A Home for Maisie [electronic resource]

Like far too many children in foster care, Maisie has suffered abuse and neglect almost all her life. She desperately wants to be adopted, but early experiences have left the 7-year-old with a vast store of anger, confusion, and distrust. Several families have tried to adopt Maisie but found her behavior too challenging, so she was bounced again and again back into the foster care system. Maisie's luck changed when she met Jim and Sue, a couple who had already adopted eight troubled kids. With the help of an agency that specializes in counseling the most damaged children, Jim and Sue hope to help Maisie overcome her traumatic past. This film follows their journey over a one-year period, documenting the many obstacles that all three must overcome in their bid to give Maisie a home.

Gay Rights, Marriage, and the Supreme Court [electronic resource]

Opponents of gay marriage call it an attempt to obtain preferential treatment in the eyes of the law. Supporters see it as an opportunity to abolish the inherent discrimination against same-sex couples that exists in a non-inclusive legal definition of marriage. This ABC News program uses the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case and the legalization of gay marriage in Canada to shed light on the future of gay marriage in the U.S. Changing attitudes toward homosexuality in general are addressed as well.
2011; 2003

The Orphan Trains [electronic resource]

Eighty years ago, Elliot Bobo was taken from his alcoholic father's home, given a small cardboard suitcase, and put on board an "orphan train" bound for Arkansas. Bobo never saw his father again. He was one of tens of thousands of neglected and orphaned children who roamed the streets of New York in search of money, food, and shelter. Beginning in 1853 a young minister named Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society - an organization that sent orphans west to begin new lives with farm families. His program would turn out to be a forerunner of modern foster care. But as The Orphan Trains, from the PBS American Experience collection, so poignantly reveals, even those for whom the journey ultimately was a triumph found the transition from one life to another almost always [...]

After Happily Ever After [electronic resource]

With half of American marriages ending in divorce, why does 90 percent of the nation still enter into matrimony? Is the Western notion of permanent, monogamous marriage entering a new phase, a more flexible and adaptable one, or is it becoming obsolete? Are there alternatives that make sense? This film presents an eclectic mix of couples (both male-female and same-sex) who discuss how and why their unions have succeeded, no matter how quirky, elusive, or poignant the reason. Featured experts include body-language analyst John Gottman, economist Betsey Stevenson, Beverly Hills divorce attorney Cary Goldstein, biologist David Barash, and marriage historian Stephanie Coontz. Along the way, the film's director chronicles the joys and heartbreaks of her own marriage.
2011; 2010

No Look Pass [electronic resource]: The Story of Basketball Star Emily Tay

Balancing Hoop Dreams-style sports drama with a rich exploration of cultural and sexual identity, this film tells the story of Harvard point guard Emily Tay - specifically, her quest to play professionally in Europe, transcend the expectations of her conservative Burmese-born parents, and live openly and happily as a lesbian. While Tay's signature "no look pass" leaves no doubt as to her prowess on the court, she faces more difficulty with challenges like forestalling an arranged marriage or fitting into Harvard's daunting social and academic environment. Emily must discover her own American dream - which means moving to Germany, falling in love with a U.S. servicewoman living under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, becoming a team leader, and telling her parents who she really is. [...]

The Last Journey [electronic resource]

If we're lucky, our parents live long enough to entrust us with protecting and caring for them. But the adult caregiver doesn't always feel so lucky-the burdens of decision making, of remaining involved and vigilant, are often overwhelming. What happens if this hardship becomes unmanageable? How can we best look after and safeguard our aging loved ones without losing a grip on our own lives in the process? This film brings those challenges into the light as it depicts what draws us closer to our elders, as well as what separates them from us, as they enter their final years. Both nursing home and home care options are discussed as the film explores four European family histories in which difficult choices had to be made. Even as these case studies point to hard logistical realities, [...]

On the Male Side of Middle [electronic resource]

I have never identified as female, and this has been an incredible burden for me over the years. So wrote Caitlin, now Calvin, in the time leading up to his decision to have gender reassignment surgery. In this program, filmed a year after he began transitioning from a female body and a year after marrying his partner Sharon, Calvin and his family share their thoughts on the change and the ways in which it did - and didn't - affect their relationships.

14 Up in America [electronic resource]

The second installment of the U.S. version of the classic British documentary series, this film updates viewers on the children featured in Age 7 in America. It follows the young subjects seven years later as they come to terms with adolescence, facing new challenges relating to school, violence, financial status, and family and divorce. In Chicago, LeRoy and Kennisha still fear violence and gangs, although Kennisha's family has moved out of the housing project and is enjoying a precariously improved quality of life. In New York, Lucy, Alexis, and Kate still benefit from a privileged lifestyle but it is marked by its own brand of stress and tension. In Los Angeles, Julio is growing up fast - his scenes reveal a young man bent on self-determination and an awareness of the need to "str [...]