Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood (Qualitative by Abbie E. Goldberg

By Abbie E. Goldberg

When homosexual turn into mom and dad, they face a number of questions and matters that their instantly opposite numbers may perhaps by no means need to think about. How vital is it for every companion to have a organic tie to their baby? How will they develop into mom and dad: will they pursue surrogacy, or will they undertake? Will either companions legally manage to undertake their baby? Will they must cover their dating to hurry up the adoption technique? Will one companion be the first breadwinner? and the way will their lives switch, now that the presence of a kid has made their dating obvious to the remainder of the realm?

In Gay Dads: Transitions to Adoptive Fatherhood, Abbie E. Goldberg examines the ways that homosexual fathers method and negotiate parenthood once they undertake. Drawing on empirical info from her in-depth interviews with 70 homosexual males, Goldberg analyzes how homosexual dads have interaction with competing beliefs of fatherhood and masculinity, alternately pioneering and accommodating heteronormative “parenthood culture.” the 1st research of homosexual men's transitions to fatherhood, this paintings will attract quite a lot of readers, from these within the social sciences to social paintings to felony reports, in addition to to gay-adoptive mother or father households themselves.

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Like in my 20s, I wanted to be a parent, but I knew that I couldn’t—I would have to sleep with women! (laughs) I suppose there were gay people with children back then, I just didn’t know any.  .  . and just in the past couple of years a lot has changed. Decisions, Decisions >> 31 In a few cases, the men had to overcome their own internalized homophobia to realize that not only could they parent, but they could be good parents. In explaining why it took him a while to match his partner Kevin’s commitment to parenthood, Brendan, a 43-year-old White graduate student living in a midwestern city, explained: A lot of it was stuff that I hadn’t analyzed about myself, like my doubts.

Then I just started thinking, I could do as good of a job as these people, if not better. I think a lot of it was looking at things from a different perspective. I didn’t have a light bulb moment where I said, “I want to adopt. ” It was a process. The men’s recognition that they could in fact pursue parenthood was often accompanied by feelings of relief and excitement. As Brendan suggested, they often enjoyed a newfound sense of entitlement to parent as they overcame internalized doubts about their capacity to parent—a process that was facilitated by actively confronting and resisting heteronormative discourses that fueled societal stereotypes about gay parenting (Colberg, 1997; deBoer, 2009).

It also explores how the men decided to pursue adoption over surrogacy—a process that in some 22 << Introduction cases was fraught with ambivalence, revealing the power of dominant discourses surrounding biogenetic relationships for some of the men. Another issue it takes up is the process by which the men decided what type of adoption to pursue, and how the heteronormative values, laws, and practices of the surrounding culture constrained their choices. The discussion of these decision-making processes attends to the personal, contextual, and temporal factors that the participants perceived as influencing their decision making.

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