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Lesbian Mothers: Sameness and Difference

Clarke, Victoria



Psychologists and feminists have been researching and debating lesbian parenting for more than 25 years. One of the key concerns addressed by the literature on lesbian
mothers is whether they and their children are the same as, or different from, heterosexual mothers and their children. This concern reflects both feminist and mainstream psychologists’ preoccupation with the question of sex differences, and debates about lesbians’ alleged pathology among anti-lesbian and lesbian-affirmative psychologists.
The field of lesbian and gay psychology has, largely, moved beyond the repeated demonstration of lesbians’ and gay men’s ‘normality’ (in other words, the degree to which we approximate heterosexual lives and relationships). Despite this, the vast majority of psychological research on lesbian-mother families continues to be concerned with the question ‘are lesbian families the same as heterosexual families?’ (and thus, ‘are lesbians “fit to parent”?’).

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jan 1, 2000
Journal Feminism & Psychology
Print ISSN 0959-3535
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 273-278
APA6 Citation Clarke, V. (2000). Lesbian Mothers: Sameness and Difference. Feminism and Psychology, 10(2), 273-278.
Keywords same-sex parenting, motherhood
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