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International AdoptionGlobal Inequalities and the Circulation of Children$
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Diana Marre and Laura Briggs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.001.0001

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The Desire for Parenthood among Lesbians and Gay Men

The Desire for Parenthood among Lesbians and Gay Men

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(p.87) Chapter 4 The Desire for Parenthood among Lesbians and Gay Men
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International Adoption
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Martine Gross

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.003.0005

This chapter analyzes interviews with gays and lesbians, who are contemplating or embarking on parenthood, in exploring the relationship between individuals' and couples' desires for children. It considers if gay and lesbian couples, who can separate the biological from the social forms of reproduction, understand their children as an outgrowth of their relationship, a “couple project,” or if they understand parenting as an individual project. In their notions of the couple and the connection between sexuality and attachment, women and men differ quite strikingly. The chapter questions whether similar patterns prevail in other countries and cultures where feminist and queer movements may have had greater influence and where lesbians have unimpeded access to assisted reproductive technologies.

Keywords:   parenthood, queer movements, gays, lesbians, reproduction, reproductive technologies

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