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Maternal men – perverts and deviants? Making sense of gay men as foster carers and adopters

By S Hicks


This article examines discourses of gender and sexuality\ud that feature in the social work assessment of gay men who apply to foster or adopt in the United Kingdom (UK). Using data from interviews with social workers and managers, the author argues that three versions of the category gay were dominant. In the first of these, gay men were imagined\ud to be maternal and/or feminine. In the second, they were seen as a source of perversion and sexual risk, and in the third, they were assumed to present problematic models of gender. The author critiques these ideas, and argues instead for social welfare practices that reconsider and\ud expand our notions of gender, sexuality, parenting, and kinship

Topics: H1, HQ503, HM, other
Publisher: Haworth Press
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