Lesbian Motherhood: Gender, Families and Sexual Citizenship

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This book studies the growing number of lesbian women embarking on parenthood after coming out. Theoretical debates about lesbian motherhood often consider its assimilative or transgressive dimensions. The author proposes a different approach, contextualising lesbian motherhood in relation to sexual citizenship and hegemonic discourses of kinship.

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Overview

This book studies the growing number of lesbian women embarking on parenthood after coming out. Theoretical debates about lesbian motherhood often consider its assimilative or transgressive dimensions. The author proposes a different approach, contextualising lesbian motherhood in relation to sexual citizenship and hegemonic discourses of kinship.

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"Ryan-Flood's research makes a timely contribution to current US debates on the definition of marriage and its impact on families. This book aids in debunking many myths about lesbian parents to show how children of lesbian parents are at an equal or great advantage because their relationships contain greater gender equality... This highly engaging text is suitable for any uper-level undergraduate or graduate courses in sociology, women's studies, and social policy that delve into dynamics of citizenship, gender and sexuality." —Rachel Demerling, McMaster University
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Meet the Author

RISN RYAN-FLOOD is Academic Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Charting the Lesbian Baby Boom
Gender, Families and Social Change
In Search of Doctors, Donors and Daddies: Lesbian Reproductive Decision-Making
Queering 'Public' Space
Negotiating the Biological 'Tie': Identity, Power and Difference Among Lesbian Parents
Challenging Heteronormativity? Gender Flexibility and Lesbian Parenting
Conclusion: Beyond Assimilation and Transgression
References
Index

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