Uniwersytet Medyczny im. K. Marcinkowskiego w Poznaniu
There is the stereotypical but socially accepted expectation as to the family notion: how it should be structured, how the tasks should be distributed and what functions each member of a family should perform. Social expectations are one-track and unambiguous: one person is to fulfil the role of a woman/wife/mother, and the other that of a man/husband/father. The divisions are clearly defined and every indication of diversity is treated as pathology. I assume that the category of role might be oppressive not only in non-normative families, but in all types, including heterosexual households. Heterosexual family with a child (perceived as norm by the society) might be described as non-normative if norm, i.e. social expectations of the way of fulfilling the role by the father and the mother – is not conformed to the way people see it. The main aim of this article is to denote role oppression (especially in the role of a woman/wife/mother and a man/husband/father) not only in alternative family types (especially homosexual ones,) but in heterosexual families with children as well. The article will try to examine what makes such families non-normative too. This is going to be an analysis of the case study of a heterosexual family with children, whose members do not assume the clearly defined roles of a man/father and a woman/mother, established as the norm. It is significant that the family described themselves as non-normative, because they notice the clash between the existing norm and their way of functioning.
Keywords: non-normative family; heterosexual family; oppressiveness of roles