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Feminist perspectives on lesbian parenting: a review of the literature 1972-2002

Clarke, Victoria


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Dr Victoria Clarke
Associate Professor in Qualitative & Critical Psychology


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.


Clarke, V. (2005). Feminist perspectives on lesbian parenting: a review of the literature 1972-2002. Psychology of Women Section Review, 7(2), 11-23

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Deposit Date Nov 23, 2010
Journal Psychology of Women Section Review
Print ISSN 1466-3724
Publisher British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 11-23
Keywords lesbian parenting
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