Division of Labor in Lesbian Households

Erin Thorn


Lesbian couples with children lack the prescribed model of “typical†familial arrangement that heterosexual couples have in the nuclear family. Previous research has established that lesbian couples arrange housework and child care in a manner that is substantially more egalitarian than their peers. How do lesbian couples come to such arrangements, and, do these patterns of egalitarianism extend to childcare and child rearing, and household planning?

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