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D by extension the legitimacy of lesbian motherhood Once again a rhetoric of ambivalence is plainly evident in the courts' decisions To explore 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 researchers to help lesbian mothers retain custodial and visitation rights she points out that such intentions are 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 change critical legal theory She also offers concrete suggestions for social change at achieving a new legitimacy for lesbian motherhood. achieving a new legitimacy for lesbian motherhood. .
Ewspapers such as the New York Times the Washington Post the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and in periodicals such the Washington Post the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and in periodicals such Time Newsweek and Parents She also scrutinizes such alternate publications as Gay Community News Lesbian Connection and Lavender Woman Whereas the mainstream press has tended to characterize lesbian mothers either as unreal or as an imminent threat to the family the lesbian press has portrayed them alternately as the vanguard of radical feminism or as the ultimate betrayal of the lesbian nation Turning radical feminism or as the ultimate betrayal of the lesbian nation Turning 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. Mommy ueerest Contemporary Rhetorics of Lesbian Maternal Identity