Lesbian mothers' constructions of the division of paid and unpaid labor
Do lesbian couples resist the (re)gendering of divisions of paid and unpaid labor within the context of biological and nonbiological parenting? In this study we explore how primarily Caucasian, North American lesbian mothers of three-and-a-half-year-old children construct divisions of paid and unpaid labor. We analyze 30 lesbian couples' narrative constructions of their labor arrangements, examining the ways in which they both transgress and accept traditionally masculine and feminine gendering. At the same time that biological mothers and nonbiological mothers often described differences in their contributions to paid and unpaid labor, they rarely invoked biology as a salient factor in explaining their work/family roles. Our analysis suggests that the 'egalitarian ethic' of lesbian women is an over-simplification of the multiple ways that women develop their divisions of labor. © The Author(s) 2011.
Feminism and Psychology
Downing, Jordan B. and Goldberg, Abbie E., "Lesbian mothers' constructions of the division of paid and unpaid labor" (2011). Psychology. 406.