TITLE

LESBIAN RESEARCH ETHICS

AUTHOR(S)
Bart, Pauline B.
PUB. DATE
November 1984
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Nov84, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p402
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on lesbian research ethics. The article highlights some particularly important ethical issues of researching lesbians. It also presents a case of a heterosexual woman researching lesbians who, with the Chair of her Committee, violated every canon of lesbian research ethics. The case demonstrates the need for codification of ethics in researching stigmatized groups and sanctions when these ethics are violated. The purpose of feminist research is to demystify the world for women. Lesbian ethics are feminist ethics plus. The first principle of lesbian research ethics is to recognize the importance of confidentiality. It is important to be honest about ones identity. It is unethical to pass as straight, bisexual or lesbian when engaging in research. It is particularly important to get feedback and share results with the women one is studying, especially if one is heterosexual or bisexual, or if one is a lesbian, but primarily live in a different subculture from where one is studying lesbian ethics.
ACCESSION #
11578334

 

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