By Dean Murphy
Dean Murphy analyses how relatedness is enacted within the context of homosexual males pursuing parenthood and a ‘child of one’s personal’ via either family and transnational surrogacy arrangements.Drawing on facts accumulated from in-depth interviews with homosexual males residing in Australia and the us, and information media, the ebook explores how homosexual males ‘enact’ parenthood and kinfolk existence in ways in which either problem and toughen dominant notions of kinship and masculinity. those males characterize a massive first iteration to entry assisted reproductive applied sciences for this function and are a part of an expanding share of homosexual males turning into mom and dad open air a (previous) heterosexual dating. The findings display that males come to event parenthood hope principally as a result new narratives and possibilities being made to be had to them at the present time.
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2012). This study found that couples’ negotiated agreements regarding sex with outside partners closely resembled those documented in studies of gay couples who are not parents. indd 28 G AY MEN PURSUING PARENTHOOD 19/05/2015 10:42 am posed barriers to discussing these behaviours with their partners and health-care providers. HIV-related sexual risk behaviour was relatively rare, but nevertheless present in some men. In another US study based on narrative accounts and his own experience as an adoptive gay father, deBoer (2009) also suggested that people in nonmonogamous relationships may change that arrangement after the arrival of children, although this finding was not based on empirical data.
2001; Weston, 1991) ‘because dominant models of kinship do not allow for the inclusion of nonheterosexuals or the blurring of kinship and friendship ties’ (2009: 126). The emphasis on choosing or creating kinship stands in opposition to assumptions about automatic blood (or biogenetic) ties and also draws attention to the impermanence – rather than the endurance – of such connections (Weston, 1991). According to Weeks et al. (2001) and Giddens (1992), this emphasis on choice also indicates a shift from identity to intimacy in gay and lesbian forms of kinship.
Instead, this analysis depends on a distinction between its commercial and non-commercial forms, with the assumption that the latter does not have the same ethical implications as commercial surrogacy. Critics of surrogacy suggest that a commercial trade in reproductive material and services undermines principles relating to human dignity. This position is based on the notion that particular services should be able to be purchased, while others should remain beyond the reach of the market. Related to the argument that surrogacy is necessarily always exploitative of women is the division of the market and kinship into separate domains.