By Nancy J. Mezey
How do lesbians choose to turn into moms or stay childfree? Why do new households shape at specific old moments? those questions are on the center of Nancy J. Mezey's New offerings, New households. Researchers, politicians, and society at huge proceed to discuss the altering American relations, particularly nontraditional households that emerge from divorce, remarriage, grandparents-as-parents, and adoption. This ongoing dialogue additionally engages the talk surrounding the parental rights of same-sex and their households. New offerings, New households enters into this dialog. Mezey asks why lesbians are forming households at this actual old second and wonders how race, classification, sexual identification, and kin historical past issue into the decision-making strategy. Drawing seriously from own interviews, Mezey's groundbreaking research offers voice to teams lengthy underrepresented in comparable experiences -- black, Latina, operating type, and childfree lesbians. a few chapters learn how early life studies give a contribution to the will to turn into a mom, whereas others examine the impact of women's companions and careers. New offerings, New households offers considerate insights into questions about sexual identification, social and cultural expectancies, and what and who represent a relatives.
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Participants fell between the ages of 22 and 46 years. 1%) of the participants were either Black or Latina. 9%) were White. 9%) middle-class lesbians. As I discuss below, during the focus groups several participants in the middle-class focus group identified themselves as workingclass and came from working-class backgrounds. Therefore, the breakdown of participants by class in table 1 is not neatly discernable. In selecting my sample, I had hoped to recruit at least as diverse a sample as existed in the comparable population of the state in which I conducted my research.
3%) in the research state. 7%). Table 3 provides some basic information about the 35 participants. They are listed in alphabetical order by name. I have changed the participants’ names to protect their identities. , whether she actually did become a mother or remain childfree). With the exception of mothering desire, which I determined during the focus groups, I determined all other information during the recruitment process. conduc ting focus groups Once I grouped my participants by race, class, and mothering decision, I began conducting the focus groups.
The development of the Gay Liberation Movement, second-wave feminism and the Women’s Rights Movement, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and reproductive and conceptive technologies are key historical factors that have led to the rise of lesbian families. If not for these factors, it is unlikely that lesbians would have had any real options for making mothering decisions during the 1990s. Just as these four factors came together at a particular moment in history to create a social space in which a revolutionary family form could develop, they also simultaneously created a social space for the beginning of an emotionally charged discussion about the morality, viability, and long-term consequences of lesbian mothers and their children.