Age Gap as a Decisive Difference in Lesbian Relations (with Joanna Mizielinska)

Anna Maria Sorainen, Joanna Mizielinska

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Our analytical gaze is on the nuances in power relations to derive info on whether the lesbian age gap is a constant referent in the relationships. Where is it silenced within the relationships, and what are the instances when it suddenly becomes crucial?
The common belief that it is usually the older partner who helps the younger one out economically, or/and perceives the younger as an equivalent of the child in a lesbian relationship is challenged. Focusing on materialised, concrete response on age-related expectations such as care division or will-writing practices, we suggest that the lesbian age gap provides a vital tool for queering assumptions of the choreographies of intergenerational desire.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Number of pages24
Publication statusIn preparation - 15 Feb 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Bibliographical note

Dr. Antu Sorainen, PhD, is Docent in Gender Studies, working at the University of Helsinki. She is the Director of the research team “CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship” (funded by the Academy of Finland, 2016-2020). Her current 3-year research project on Protolesbian Life HIstory and Nationalist Sentiment in 1920-30s Finland is granted by the Cultural Fopundation of Finland (2019-2022). She has conducted empirical studies in the area of queer sexualities in the legal field. She is the co-author of a book on the conceptual history of “Sittlichkeit”, and has published recently on queer inheritance practices. Sorainen was an Academy Fellow at the Academy of Finland and the PI of the research project titled “Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups” (2014-2019). •

Fields of Science

  • 999 Others
  • Queer Kinship
  • Gender Studies
  • Queer studies
  • Sexuality
  • Kinship
  • Lesbians
  • Desire
  • Age Gap

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