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J Lesbian Stud. 2013;17(2):119-33. doi: 10.1080/10894160.2012.653766.

The gender of pregnancy: masculine lesbians talk about reproduction.

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Department of Sociology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302, USA.


Heterosexism and patriarchy collude to create an expectation of pregnancy for all women. In addition, the bodily production of pregnancy has been socially gendered as feminine because of its association with female-bodied people. These two ideological codes--that all women should become mothers through pregnancy and that pregnancy is a femininely gendered endeavor--suggest conundrums for masculine lesbians. This study relies on interview data with 14 childfree masculine-identified lesbians about the ways in which they are able (or unable) to imagine themselves as pregnant people in their future lives. Participants' navigation of the concept of pregnancy reveal the complexity of gendered bodies and gender practice.

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