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Heterosexuality as a Prenatal Social Problem: Why Parents and Courts Have a Taste for Heterosexuality

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Heterosexuality as a Prenatal Social Problem: Why Parents and Courts Have a Taste for Heterosexuality

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Excerpt

This chapter proceeds in three parts. First, I describe the heterosexuality offspring preference, show how it is a corollary of much critical theory, and argue that it is the socially constructed symbolic value accorded to heterosexuality that drives much of the demand for it, prenatally and elsewhere. To show how law subsidizes heterosexual reproduction, I discuss some recent state court decisions that provide so-called price support for it, despite judicial findings that heterosexual reproduction often involves disordered thinking and poor planning. Obviously, a more critical rethinking of the microeconomics of the parent-child relationship is in order, not only to protect sexual minority children from parental underinvestment, but also, more generally, to understand the role of projective preferences of would-be parents on demands for children.

ISBN

9780521513739

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

City

Cambridge ; New York

Keywords

Adoption, Child welfare, Family planning - Evaluation, Family policy, Human reproduction - Political aspects, Law and legislation, United States, Human reproductive technology, Moral and ethical aspects, Intercountry adoption

Disciplines

Family Law | Law | Legislation