Different Mothers: Sons and Daughters of Lesbians Talk about Their Lives

Louise Rafkin, Other Cleis Press $24.95 (174p) ISBN 978-0-939416-40-0
Ranging in age from six to 40, 38 sons and daughters of lesbians offer brief essays that could be valuable to like offspring, as well as to relatives and friends trying to understand the problems such children face. Homophobia, visited upon the children as well as their mothers, is the most commonly cited concern; some younger contributors feel isolated from their peers, and a couple of boys endure rejection from radical lesbian acquaintances. Despite such difficulties, many contributors enjoy close relationships with their mothers and are happy in their unconventional homes. For older children, their own sexual orientation is an issue, and there is occasional resentment engendered by a parent's coming out--``Growing up is a hard enough thing to do,'' says one young woman. Unfortunately, the perspectives presented are slanted to the positive side both because the sample represents only those willing to speak publicly and perhaps as a result of self-censorship by children who know their mothers will read their revelations. Rafkin edited Different Daughters: A Book by Mothers of Lesbians. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
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