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Queering FamiliesThe Postmodern Partnerships of Cisgender Women and Transgender Men$
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Carla A. Pfeffer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199908059

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199908059.001.0001

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(Re)producing Trans Families

(Re)producing Trans Families

Accessing Social, Legal, and Medical Recognition and Technologies

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Queering Families

Carla A. Pfeffer

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers what it means for cis women and their trans men partners to form “queer” partnerships and families in the 21st century. Specifically, this chapter discusses choices and negotiations around marriage, monogamy, and parenthood. This chapter introduces the concepts of “normative resistance” and “inventive pragmatism” to theorize the structurally bounded choices that cis women and their trans men navigate and negotiate on a daily basis. These negotiations expose broader sociolegal tensions and dilemmas about what it means to be husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers in the 21st century. For example, postmodern assisted reproductive technologies make it increasingly possible to form families and connections to offspring in ways that were previously only imagined. Despite these rapid technological shifts, financial access to these technologies and cultural lags in accepting diverse family forms have been less quick to evolve.

Keywords:   assisted reproductive technologies, divorce, family formation, father, husband, legal recognition, marriage, mother, parenthood, wife

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