Ellen Lewin

Lesbian Mothers

Within a society that long considered “lesbian motherhood” a contradiction in terms, what were the experiences of lesbian mothers at the end of the twentieth century? In this illuminating book, lesbian mothers tell their stories of how they became mothers; how they see their relationships with their children, relatives, lovers, and friends and with their children’s fathers and sperm donors; how they manage child-care arrangements and financial difficulties; and how they deal with threats to custody. Ellen Lewin’s unprecedented research on lesbian mothers in the San Francisco area captured a vivid portrait of the moment before gay and lesbian parenting moved into the mainstream of U.S. culture. Drawing on interviews with 135 women, Lewin provided her readers with a new understanding of the attitudes of individual women, the choices they made, and the texture of their daily lives.
312 printed pages
Original publication



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    ess to a kind of supportive community that straight women, especially divorced women, cannot experience. But mostly she thinks of coming out in terms of comfort, a sense of being in touch with her “real self.”
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    She was less excited, but the thing about my mother was that she could understand how I could love a woman. What she found difficult was how the world was going to look on that. … She just made a big point out of how unhappy I was going to be because the world doesn’t accept that.
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    yle” and sense of oneself would reveal the extent of one’s success in battle with the patriarchy.

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