4. Kim, Ellen, and Zack's Big Adventure

Lesbian Mothers Raising a Boy Steeped in His Masculinity

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Kim Anno professor chair

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch4

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Anno, K. (2010) Kim, Ellen, and Zack's Big Adventure, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. California College of the Arts in San Francisco, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • Kim, Ellen, and Zack's Big Adventure - lesbian mothers raising a boy steeped in masculinity;
  • foster family being elastic, fun, and experimental - than the one, one grew up in;
  • Zack's sensitivity - aware of his femininity in his friends of both genders, in varying degrees;
  • Zack's friend at preschool - son of an artist, driven to draw anything and everything he could;
  • gay people - rejecting notions, that we are exactly like our heterosexual counterparts as parents;
  • most black males, bombarded in early childhood - that they are inhabiting an all-powerful universe;
  • African-American son, and the racism specter - much more overwhelming;
  • males of his Depression era generation - a deafening silence, on virtually all issues;
  • societal and political forces - undeniable and overwhelming at times, and force of biology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Zack's Sensitivity

  • Zack's Race

  • Zack's Desire

  • Zack's Violence

  • Music

  • Conclusion

  • Notes