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Constructing Lesbians and Gay Men as Family's Outlaws

Cheshire Calhoun

in Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257669
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598906 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257663.003.0006
 Constructing Lesbians and Gay Men as Family's Outlaws

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The first two sections of this chapter summarize feminist and lesbian critiques of the family, marriage, and motherhood. The third section critiques lesbian‐feminist reasons for eschewing a political agenda that endorses family, marriage, and mothering. The fourth section traces the historical construction of lesbians and gays as outlaws to the family. In the concluding section, it is argued that making the family a political priority is not, as sometimes argued, a conservative move.

Keywords: family; feminist theory; gay men; lesbian theory; lesbians; marriage; motherhood

Chapter.  14036 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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