“Mommy” and “Daddy” Are Fraught Terms for LGBT Parents, Says New UC Berkeley Study

The word “mother” means “nurturer” or “caretaker,” while the word father usually connotes “a biological tie,” said UC Berkeley PhD candidate Rafael Colonna , whose new research into same-sex parenting may shed some light on the ever-fraught question of who gets what title. To understand how LGBT couples navigate the “heteronormative” language of parenting, Colonna interviewed LGBT throughout the state. He asked same-sex couples about the division of labor in their households, whether or not they hew to traditional gender roles (ie, one person is a breadwinner, the other a homemaker), how their kids address them, and how they’re perceived by the outside world. His findings were often illuminating.

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