Women in Lesbian Relations: Construing Equal or Unequal Parental Roles?
2015 (English)In: Psychology of women quarterly, ISSN 0361-6843, E-ISSN 1471-6402, Vol. 39, no 2, 256-267 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
When a lesbian couple conceives through donor insemination, the partners transform their relations to each other. In this article, I explore how women in lesbian relations depict their parental roles in relation to the notion of equality. Drawing on critical discursive psychology, I conducted and analyzed interviews with 96 Swedish lesbian parents. Findings show how the interviewees draw on three different interpretative repertoires when they talk about their parental roles. In one repertoire, parents describe themselves as being spontaneously equal in relation to the child. In a second repertoire, equality is depicted as a potential result of struggling, where some parents claim to have achieved equality, whereas others describe being frustrated about their unequal situation. Finally, in a third repertoire, inequality is depicted as a given starting point, drawing on a biologistic rhetoric. Although most parents present equality as idealized, most also refer to biology as a reality that sets the benchmark. Findings in the present study could be useful for clinicians working with lesbian couples; rather than assuming that a lesbian couple is more or less equal, it is important to consider the specific couple and their descriptions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 39, no 2, 256-267 p.
Parental role, mothers, relationship quality, lesbianism, homosexual parents, birth mother, equality, discursive psychology
Psychology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117930DOI: 10.1177/0361684314537225ISI: 000354570500009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117930DiVA: diva2:812250