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Docteure en sociologie

Membre associé de l'équipe CERREV

Qualifiée CNU en section 19

ATER Université du Havre / UMR IDEES

Chercheuse associée CERReV - Université de Caen Normandie (UCN)                                                       

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Lesbian mothers in France: representations of gender and practices of resistance to domination


In the French heteronormative, male dominated society, what are French lesbian mothers’ representations of gender, and specifically of their children’s gender socialization? The main hypothesis is that being dominated as women and sex-class transfuges at the same time, lesbians have a particular position within the gender system, allowing them a critical point of view on the dominant norms. They are thus predisposed to transmit to their children gender models that challenge the gender system. In France, the gradual institutionalization of homosexual parenting is accompanied with a heated public debate (especially in 2012 and 2013). This research is primarily based on semi-structured interviews conducted between 2011 and 2014. The 36 interviewees are lesbian women with children under 12 years old, conceived within the frame of lesbian parenting. Despite the homogeneity of their social positions (middle and upper class), the interviewees have heterogeneous representations of the dominant norms. They also develop different sets of practices to face these norms. These lesbian mothers seem to develop ordinary forms of resistance to domination. While they show no ideological endorsement to heterosexist norms, they express a real will to be integrated within society. They interpret the context and social contract in a pragmatic way, and seek to protect themselves and their families from the effects of homophobia. Their resistance is mainly infra-political: pushing against the established limits of a framework that restricts them.

Keywords: Same-Sex Parenting -- France – Lesbian Parenting – Gender – Social Norms – Resistance to domination

Camille FRÉMONT - CV synthétique janv2020.pdf

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