Unsettling lesbian motherhood: Critical reflections over a generation (1990-2015)

Gabb, Jacqui (2018). Unsettling lesbian motherhood: Critical reflections over a generation (1990-2015). Sexualities, 21(7) pp. 1002–1020.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460717718510


This article explores how advancements in equality rights combine with attitudinal changes in UK society and LGBTQ communities to impact on the experience of lesbian mothers over a generation. The author reflects on ordinary moments where sexuality and relationships become meaningful and situate emotions at the heart of analytical enquiry because it is through emotional interactions that micro–macro networks of relations intersect. Autobiography is combined with original data from empirical research to provide analytical entry points, which aims to advance understanding and also facilitate reflection on how we understand and come to know queer parenthood. Whilst there are now many routes into lesbian motherhood and the stigma of queer kinship is diminishing, this article demonstrates the need to problematize the prevailing narratives of coupledom that are emerging and tease apart the conflation of temporal progression, progressive rights and narratives of progress.

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