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Different Mothers: Sons and Daughters of Lesbians Talk About Their Lives Paperback – November 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Pr; 1st edition (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939416417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939416417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,633,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ranging in age from six to 40, 38 sons and daughters of lesbians offer brief essays that could be valuable to like offspring, as well as to relatives and friends trying to understand the problems such children face. Homophobia, visited upon the children as well as their mothers, is the most commonly cited concern; some younger contributors feel isolated from their peers, and a couple of boys endure rejection from radical lesbian acquaintances. Despite such difficulties, many contributors enjoy close relationships with their mothers and are happy in their unconventional homes. For older children, their own sexual orientation is an issue, and there is occasional resentment engendered by a parent's coming out--"Growing up is a hard enough thing to do," says one young woman. Unfortunately, the perspectives presented are slanted to the positive side both because the sample represents only those willing to speak publicly and perhaps as a result of self-censorship by children who know their mothers will read their revelations. Rafkin edited Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By virpi wallenius on January 3, 2013
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I was looking for reference material for my master's thesis when I bought it. It was not quite what I expected but an interesting read nonetheless. As always with this sort of material, these unfortunately never get read by the people who should re-check their values...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1997
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My daughter read this book when she was in high school. She was so excited to find out that so many kids had experiences and feelings like hers! She has had all her closest friends read the book so they would understand her and her life better. There are essays in here that are suitable for nearly any age child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
Non-fiction book with the personal stories of sons and daughters of lesbian mothers. I liked it a lot, it's a positive book for anyone who has a gay or lesbian family or anyone who is interested in the topic.
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By mdavid on May 23, 2013
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I was one of the adult essayists. In recent (2013) conversations on the topic of growing up in a lesbian household these subjects came up again and again. With the cultural change in America, where gay marriage is a fact, these things can only be more relevant. Anyone who is curious on where we come from, what experience we endure and how those experiences shape us, should read this. I'm 50 years old now and I am still living with the seeds planted that I describe in my essay. I've had a successful professional career and am still achieving as an ambitious businessman. Yet there are remnants of issues that never go away. Mike - Essay: Out of the Pain
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By A Customer on May 18, 1997
Format: Hardcover
An absorbing compilation of stories of the lives of sons and daughters of lesbian mothers. The diverse group of authors range in age from seven years to middle aged and they all provide a wonderful record of how they feel about having "different" mothers
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