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Gay & Lesbian Parenting. Carolyn R. Fallahi, Ph. D. Scientific Evidence. What does the scientific evidence say about effectiveness of Gay & Lesbian parenting? What does the scientific evidence say about the risk to children? Statistics on the prevalence of Gay & Lesbian Parenting.

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gay lesbian parenting

Gay & Lesbian Parenting

Carolyn R. Fallahi, Ph. D.

scientific evidence
Scientific Evidence
  • What does the scientific evidence say about effectiveness of Gay & Lesbian parenting?
  • What does the scientific evidence say about the risk to children?
  • Statistics on the prevalence of Gay & Lesbian Parenting.
    • 6-9 million children
gay and lesbian parenting
Gay and Lesbian Parenting
  • Legal Issues
  • Increasing social acceptance of diversity in sexual orientation
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Gay and Lesbian Parenting
  • Why become parents?
  • What concerns do Gay and Lesbian Parents have?
legal issues
Legal Issues
  • More Legal issues
  • Alternative methods for conception
  • Legal rights for the non-biological parent
  • State Laws
  • Attorneys can prepare medical consent and nomination-of-guardian forms. But…
  • Formal adoption by co-parents on a case-by-case basis
discrimination
Discrimination?
  • Legal justification for prejudice?
  • Need for empirical support for assumptions
  • Stereotypes and laws that maintain discriminatory practices
  • Gay versus non-gay fathers – more similarities than differences
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Gay and Lesbian Parenting
  • Lesbian versus heterosexual Mothers
    • What are the issues?
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Gay and Lesbian Parenting
  • Report similar role conflicts, social support networks, and coping strategies.
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Gay and Lesbian Parenting
  • Children’s Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
    • Are there gender issues?
    • Study looking at 300 children
    • Differences between Lesbian Mothers & Single, divorced mothers?
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Gay and Lesbian Parenting
  • What is involved with Optimal Parenting ?
other differences
Other Differences?
  • Emotional Health
  • Parenting Skills
  • Attitudes towards parenting
  • Do parents influence the sexual orientation of their children? Longitudinal study
gender
Gender
  • Is sex & gender the same thing?
    • Sex
    • Gender
    • How we have constructed the category of woman.
    • What about race & femininity?
    • Example: KV Switzer & Katherine Deraba.
    • Gender changes over time.
    • The feminine body & the language we use.
are you a feminist
Are you a feminist?
  • What is the Feminist Movement all about?
  • Do men experience any pressure with their bodies?
  • What is the role of advertisement.
  • The selling of “woman”.
  • Is it a profitable relationship?