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Title: Gender fundamentalism and heteronormativity in the political discussion about lesbian and gay parenthood
Authors: Lasio, D.
Congiargiu, N.
De Simone, S.
Serri, F.
Keywords: Gender fundamentalism
Patriarchal order
Lesbian and gay parenthood
Political discussion
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: In 2016, the Italian Parliament passed a law that extended to same-sex couples most of the rights of married heterosexual couples. However, the possibility of a partner in a same-sex couple adopting the biological children of the other partner was so controversial that it had to be deleted in order for the law to pass, thus denying lesbian and gay parents the legal protection they need. In this article, we analyze the speeches of Parliamentarians who opposed the section of the bill concerning lesbian and gay parenthood. The empirical analysis shows different discursive strategies deployed by MPs to combat the challenges to the heteronormative family, whose common reference is the hegemonic model of gender which has characterized the resistance of the Catholic Church to the recognition of non-heterosexual reproduction and kinship. Findings highlight that the opposition to the recognition of gay and lesbian parents contributes to reiterating restrictive standards of motherhood and to maintaining the institutionalization of sexualities and reproduction within the patriarchal order. Implications of the research findings for public and social policies are discussed.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1007/s13178-018-0350-0
ISSN: 1868-9884
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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