If you change the label of a concept, is the context forming the underlying concept changed as well — or is the concept always the same no matter the name?
Twenty years ago if you were a “child of divorce” you were branded in the community as a “child from a broken home.” That’s a pretty heavy label to stick on a young kid. Not only is the home broken but — by association of the semiotic — the child is damaged as well.
Being “from a broken home” was never a good thing, it was never an honor, and the phrase unfairly condemned the child with a chaining to immoral parents. I have recently been hearing a new label that appears to have finally, if only colloquially, replaced the harsh “from a broken home” label — and that new phrase is — “a child from a single mother.”
Now, if we accept the notion that as a society progresses and enlightenment abounds, and newer, kinder, labels are created to replace harsher ones, my question becomes this: Does being “from a single mother” — even if she’s divorced — have less moral condemnation and pointed bearing in the community today than yesterday’s meme of being “from a broken home?” If yes, how did this change propagate — if not, why not?
Can you think of other new labels created to replace older brandings that may not really be kinder — or more morally acceptable — than past common usage in society?