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Gay men as parents: analysing resistant talk in South African mainstream media accounts of queer families

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-20T13:22:29Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-20T13:22:29Z
dc.date.issued 2016-10-19 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/10188
dc.description.abstract There is increasing visibility of dissident sexualities and genders in media debates about families, including resistant discourses that challenge delegitimising claims about queer families. There remains, however, a lack of research that assesses the ways in which discourses seeking to defend queer parenthood function to challenge or, at times, reinforce hetero-gendered norms. Families formed by gay men have generally received less attention, both in the media as well as academic scholarship. In this paper, we explore resistant discourses deployed in mainstream print media, attending particularly to news reports about queer fathers and their children. Through a critical thematic analysis of South African newspapers, informed by feminist discursive psychology, we identify four themes in resistant ways of talking: de-gendering parenthood, normalising queer parents, valorising queer parenting, and challenging the heteronormative gold standard. We conclude with the political implications of such resistant talk, as part of a project of transforming restrictive hetero-gendered norms. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject HOMOSEXUALITY en
dc.subject MEN en
dc.subject SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject FATHERHOOD en
dc.subject FAMILIES en
dc.subject MEDIA SECTOR en
dc.title Gay men as parents: analysing resistant talk in South African mainstream media accounts of queer families en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber SNAGAA en
dc.Volume 26(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2016/17 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Feminism & Psychology en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9409 en
dc.PageNumber 188-206 en
dc.outputnumber 8255 en
dc.bibliographictitle Lynch, I. & Morison, T. (2016) Gay men as parents: analysing resistant talk in South African mainstream media accounts of queer families. <i>Feminism & Psychology</i>. 26(2):188-206. en
dc.publicationyear 2016 en
dc.contributor.author1 Lynch, I. en
dc.contributor.author2 Morison, T. en


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