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Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the ClosetLesbian and Gay Displacement$
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Cheshire Calhoun

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199257663.001.0001

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Constructing Lesbians and Gay Men as Family's Outlaws

Constructing Lesbians and Gay Men as Family's Outlaws

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(p.132) 6 Constructing Lesbians and Gay Men as Family's Outlaws
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Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet
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Cheshire Calhoun (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257663.003.0006

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

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