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The Politics of Marriage

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Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 23:19:51 -0800
From: lisa dettmer <cositas1 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Subject: gay marriage
dear list members,

I am trying to put together a feminist response to the latest movement
within the gay community to fight for legal marriage rights so I am
for any radical feminist or queer critiques of marriage either from the
past or any recent critical responses to the new  movement toward gay
marriage.  I am also looking for articles that discuss the patriarchal
history of marriage and some discussion of the the lack of legal rights
of women in relation to husbands.

thanks so much!

lisa dettmer
cositas1  AT  earthlink.net
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 11:09:01 -0500
From: Erin Webster Garrett <ewebster2 AT RADFORD.EDU>
Subject: Re: gay marriage
Michael McKeon has done some interesting work on the history of marriage as
a middle-class materialist invention. I believe he discusses it in
"Historicizing Patriarchy: The Emergence of Gender Difference in England,
1660-1760." Eighteenth-Century Studies 28.3 (Spring 1995): 295-322.

Good luck!

Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 10:44:21 -0600
From: Jodie Hertzog <Jodie.Hertzog AT WICHITA.EDU>
Subject: Re: gay marriage
On this vein, does anyone have a list of the 100-something rights
afforded to those able to marry? 
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 10:48:44 -0800
From: scout <scout AT HOYDEN.ORG>
Subject: Re: gay marriage
Hell All,

The figure is actually 1,049 rights-- that is, federal.  I think there
may be additional state rights that vary.

You can find these rights enumerated in this 75 page .pdf document from
the GAO at this link:


Best regards,
scout  AT  hoyden.org
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 16:33:15 +1100
From: Michael Flood <tai2 AT TAI.ORG.AU>
Subject: Gay marriage
> I am
> looking
> for any radical feminist or queer critiques of marriage

Also see;

Brook, Heather (2002) Stalemate: Rethinking the politics of marriage.
Feminist Theory, 3(1), pp. 45-66.

Eskridge, William N. (1996). The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: From Sexual
Liberty to Civilized Commitment. New York: Free Press.

Best wishes,

michael flood.
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 08:24:58 -1000
From: Kathy Ferguson <kferguso AT HAWAII.EDU>
Subject: Re: Gay marriage
Jon Goldberg-Hiller's book _The Limits to Union: Same Sex Marriage and
the Politics of Civil Rights_ gives an excellent analysis of same-sex
marriage, going from the early debates in Hawai`i to the national scene.

Kathy Ferguson
Women's Studies Program
University of Hawai`i
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 22:32:15 -0500
From: Blaise Parker <blaze AT UGA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Gay marriage
I haven't seen this one mentioned yet:

The Trouble With Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of
Queer Life by Michael Warner.

There is a chapter in the book called "Beyond Gay Marriage"
that I understand is a queer critique of marriage as a
normalization institution. I haven't read it, so that's all
I can say. :)


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