Raised Eyebrows: Working with Lesbian-Parented Families - Experiences of Childcare Centre Directors in Australia

Kathy Cloughessy*, Manjula Waniganayake

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    Abstract

    When reflecting on their experiences with children from lesbian-parented families, 64 childcare centre directors in Victoria, Australia indicated that explicit programs, policies or resources of support were absent in their centres. Importantly, participants' pre- and post-professional education either ignored or superficially addressed lesbian matters. This may explain the limited nature of inclusion of lesbian matters in early childhood education. Of note, is the pervasive nature of 'truths' upheld by educators. That is, in the Foucauldian sense these educators perceived lesbian families as being the 'same' as heterosexual families. Despite the considerable shifts in professional attitudes and 'truths' about sexuality, the Foucauldian silences were being reinforced in everyday practice as evidenced by the reference to 'raised eyebrows' by participants when this silence about sexuality was threatened.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)377-387
    Number of pages11
    JournalChildren and Society
    Volume29
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

    Keywords

    • Australia
    • Childcare
    • Foucault
    • Lesbian-parented families

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