The Legacy of the Age Gap as a Decisive Difference in Lesbian Relationships

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
Title of host publicationQueer(y)ing Kinship in the Baltic Region and Beyond
EditorsUlrika Dahl, Joanna Mizielińska, Raili Uibo, Antu Sorainen
Number of pages33
Place of PublicationHuddinge
PublisherSödertörns Högskola
Publication date19 Feb 2023
ISBN (Print)978-91-89504-20-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-89504-21-9
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameSödertörn academic studies
PublisherSödertörns Högskola
ISSN (Print)1650-433X

Bibliographical note

Dr. Antu Sorainen, PhD, is Docent in Gender Studies, working as Principal Investigator at the University of Helsinki.
She was the Director of the research team “CoreKin – Contrasting and Re-Imagining Margins of Kinship” (Academy of Finland, 2016-2020). Her current research project focuses o Protolesbian Personal Histories and Nationalist Sentiment in the 1920-30s Finland (The Cultural Foundation of Finland, 2019-2024).
She has conducted empirical studies in queer sexualities, especially in the legal field. She is the co-author of a book on the conceptual history of “Sittlichkeit”, and is publishing on queer kinship and 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
  • 5141 Sociology

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