In search of a name for lesbians who mother their non-biological children

Brown, Rhonda and Perlesz, Amaryll 2008, In search of a name for lesbians who mother their non-biological children, Journal of GLBT family studies, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 453-467, doi: 10.1080/15504280802191574.

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Title In search of a name for lesbians who mother their non-biological children
Author(s) Brown, RhondaORCID iD for Brown, Rhonda
Perlesz, Amaryll
Journal name Journal of GLBT family studies
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 453
End page 467
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1550-428X
Keyword(s) lesbian families
lesbian co-mothers
lesbian parent
lesbian mothers
Summary We are interested in how language has been used in the literature to describe and define the role and relationship of non-birth lesbian mothers to their children. Although previous researchers and clinicians have presented strong cases for a variety of descriptions, there is little agreement about what language best reflects and, indeed, legitimizes this relationship. We have previously argued that “the search for a definitive term is unlikely to bear fruit” (Brown & Perlesz, 2007), and, in this article, we revisit the variety of labels used and explore the implications of this language. Language is not only determined by social and individual understandings of mothering and parenting, but is also influenced by pathways to lesbian parenting and negotiated roles and relationships within families.  Language has the power not only to acknowledge and affirm but also to negate and render invisible the position and distinctive contribution of lesbian mothers who have not given birth to their children.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15504280802191574
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
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