Feminist perspectives on lesbian parenting: a review of the literature 1972-2002.
Psychology of Women Section Review, 7 (2).
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This paper reviews the feminist literature on lesbian parenting published between 1972 and 2002. The paper provides a conventional survey of the themes and topics that inform the literature, as well as exploring – from a lesbian feminist perspective - what the literature reveals about the social/political history of lesbian parenting. Central themes include child custody and the politics of parenting as a lesbian: whether it constitutes a radical rebellion against patriarchy or a retrograde collusion with compulsory motherhood. The paper concludes by exploring how lesbian feminist writing on parenting has prioritised politics.
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