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Their really is not that much in common with the messages of these two essays. However, the commonality is that illegitimacy is a problem that needs to be reconciled. Murry and Luker argue that the problem is political but both of their methods of change differ. Murry argues that we need to cut off all government assistance from young unwed mothers, while Luker argues this measure will only make the problem worse. Both of these writers do agree that some sort of measure needs to be taken to reduce the rapid growth of the illegitimacy epidemic. Murry says " Society as a whole could survive when illegitimacy became epidemic within a comparatively small ethnic minority. It can not survive the same epidemic among whites." Therefore, he feels drastic measures by society needs to be taken to reduce illegitimacy. On the other hand, Luker says ". Society seems to have become committed to increasing the rates of pregnancy among teens"; by putting those drastic measures, Murry referred to in affect. Luker concludes by saying " society has been less willing to help and more willing to blame". While Murry concluded that the more help society gives the more teens will continue to have illegitimate births....

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