Gay Couples and the Norm of Conjugal Equality

Territories in Question: Routes in Territories
By Jérôme Courduriès


Despite a social will for equality, role distribution in gay couples remains sexed and inegalitarian. What happens in gay male couples? The hierarchical model of relations between the sexes affects all couples, with a negative impact on some activities; as shown by the results of a qualitative study, a man living in partnership with another man has difficulty in accepting domestic tasks and roles traditionally perceived as female and therefore as “unimportant” and “subordinate.”


  • conjugality
  • masculine homosexuality
  • equality
  • domestic work
  • sexuality
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