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2010

Family Law

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Ghosts In The Postmodern Family, Annette Appell Jan 2010

Ghosts In The Postmodern Family, Annette Appell

annette appell

As legal theory and doctrine respond to the range and complexity of biological and social connections that increasingly compose families, they evoke a bionormative nuclear family framework for lesbian and gay families, stepfamilies and families created with outsourced reproductive materials or labor. This Article questions this approach because it disregards the complex foundational roles of biological relationships in American jurisprudence and fails to appreciate the unique aspects of kinship in these postmodern families. Instead, this Article anchors the postmodern family law movement in the physical, social and economic conditions that affect the most disaffected among us: those who are socially, …


Credit For Motherhood, Melissa Jacoby Dec 2009

Credit For Motherhood, Melissa Jacoby

Melissa B. Jacoby

This essay builds on prior work exploring the impact of consumer lenders who sell credit products for assisted reproduction and adoption. After reviewing some basic attributes of the parenthood lending market, the essay discusses how not-for-profit lenders promote traditional conceptions of motherhood and the division of carework in ways that credit discrimination laws were not designed to address. The essay also articulates some incentives of for-profit lenders to sell motherhood and potential implications for women who are ambivalent about becoming parents.