Document Type

Journal Article

Authors

Day WongFollow

Department/Unit

Department of Sociology

Title

Doing gender, doing culture: Division of domestic labour among lesbians in Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

In places where feminism or personal autonomy is not part of dominant public discourse, women have to rely on other cultural narratives in the construction of their relationships and living arrangements. This paper is an exploratory study based on self-reports of Hong Kong women in lesbian relationships and who consider themselves as families. The paper aims to contribute to debates on the impact of "doing gender" on the household division of labour. It is found that while the gendered dichotomy of messiness/tidiness translates into an unequal division of housework, not all gendered interactions reinforce inequality. The appropriation of the mainstream heterosexual discourse of gender equality and cultural narrative of the maternal role enable these lesbians to negotiate a balance of power in their intimate relationships. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Women's Studies International Forum

Volume

35

Issue

4

Start Page

266

End Page

275

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.wsif.2012.04.003

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2012.04.003

ISSN (print)

02775395

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