‘Kids are just cruel anyway’: lesbian and gay parents talk about homophobic bullying

Clarke, V., Kitzinger, C. and Potter, J. (2004) ‘Kids are just cruel anyway’: lesbian and gay parents talk about homophobic bullying. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43 (4). pp. 531-550. ISSN 0144-6665 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/11704

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Psychologists recognise homophobic bullying as a serious problem for young lesbians and gay men; however, when it comes to children in lesbian and gay households the issue is not so clear cut. Whereas some psychologists sympathetic to lesbian and gay parenting regard it as a problem, most do not. Despite this, the inevitability and severe psychological consequences of homophobic bullying is a prevalent theme in discussions of lesbian and gay parenting in contexts ranging from custody cases to television talk shows, and is used to implicate lesbians and gay men as unfit to parent. This is the broader context in which lesbian and gay parents discuss their children’s experiences of bullying. In this paper, we provide a discursive psychological analysis of lesbian and gay parents’ accounts of bullying. We argue that these accounts are discursively and rhetorically designed to deal with a heterosexist social/political context. Lesbian and gay parents face a dilemma of stake and accountability: reports of no bullying risk being heard as implausible given the prevalence of the bullying theme; at the same time, reports of bullying are equally if not more risky, raising the spectre of charges of bad parenting. We explore the detail of their accounts of bullying to illustrate how they are designed to negotiate this web of accountability, and we argue for the importance of analysing the talk of socially/politically marginal/ised groups for critical social psychology.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:discursive psychology, homophobic bullying, lesbian and gay parenting
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:11704
Deposited By: Dr V. Clarke
Deposited On:22 Nov 2010 15:33
Last Modified:03 Dec 2016 04:08

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