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Queering FamiliesThe Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men$
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Carla A. Pfeffer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199908059

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199908059.001.0001

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Queering Family Labor

Queering Family Labor

Managing Households, Relationships, and Transitions

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(p.83) 3 Queering Family Labor
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Queering Families
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Carla A. Pfeffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199908059.003.0003

This chapter focuses centrally on cis women’s reported household, childcare, and emotional labor within their partnerships and families with trans men. While a considerable number of studies document the household and childcare division of labor and emotion work within heterosexual, gay, and lesbian households, doing so within trans partnerships and families is virtually unprecedented. This chapter details the ways in which cis women’s partnerships and families with trans men are both similar to and distinct from some of these other family forms. It also highlights transition-related carework and rituals (such as raising funds for transition-related surgeries and photographically documenting bodily transition) in order to document this understudied form of material and emotional labor.

Keywords:   childcare, emotion work, emotional labor, family labor, household labor, housework, kin work, LGBTQ families, rituals, transition

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