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Ewspapers such as the *New York Times the Washington Post the Chicago Tribune and the * York Times the Washington Post the Chicago Tribune and the Angeles Times and in periodicals such as Time Newsweek and Parents She scrutinizes such alternate publications Gay Community News Lesbian Connection and Lavender Woman Whereas the mainstream press has tended to characterize lesbian mothers ither as unreal or as an imminent threat to the family the press has portrayed them alternately as the vanguard of radical feminism or as the ultimate betrayal of the nation Turning to the legal system Thompson draws on than seventy cases mostly adjudications of child custody disputes between heterosexual fathers and lesbian mothers to analyze how the courts have interpreted the best interest of the child standard an. Despite the sizable community of "Lesbian Families In America Lesbian "families in America lesbian and their children continue to face hostility and discrimination This book xplores the role that rhetoric plays in the formation of those negative attitudes and practices Julie M Thompson traces thirty years of public debate to xamine how and to what xtent the phrase lesbian mother has been viewed as an oxymoron Mommy ueerest focuses on the historical and contemporary meanings of lesbian motherhood in three cultural domains the mass media the US Legal System Recent system and in feminist psychology Thompson argues that a rhetoric of ambivalence has pervaded the discourse on this subject Looking closely at the period from 1970 to 2000 she xamines articles published in mainstream D by xtension the legitimacy of lesbian motherhood Once again "A Rhetoric Of Ambivalence Is Plainly Evident In The Courts' "rhetoric of ambivalence is plainly vident in the courts' To xplore the academic response to lesbian motherhood Thompson looks at different theoretical models of motherhood and at psychological studies of lesbian headed families While she applauds the desire of some researchers to help lesbian mothers retain custodial and visitation rights she points out that such intentions are often undermined by a reliance on anti lesbian understandings of gender Thompson concludes by reviewing the major findings of her research and their implications for rhetorical and Critical Legal Theory She Also Offers Concrete Suggestions For Social legal *Theory She Also Offers Concrete * She also offers concrete for social aimed at achieving a new legitimacy for lesbian motherhood.

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Mommy ueerest Contemporary Rhetorics of Lesbian Maternal Identity