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What Is Marriage For? : the Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution (04 Edition)

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With a New Foreword by Richard Goldstein, executive editor, The Village Voice Essential reading on same-sex marriage. -Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry Read this book if you want to understand the movement for same-sex marriage-and to counter those who argue against it. -Mary Bonauto, lead counsel in Goodridge v. Mass. Dept. of Public Health View the discussion guide for UU communities: HTML or PDF, part 1, PDF, part 2 In the wake of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's historic Goodridge decision, a reissue of the bible of the same-sex marriage movement Will same-sex couples destroy traditional marriage, soon to be followed by the collapse of all civilization? That charge has been leveled throughout history whenever the marriage rules change. But marriage, as E. J. Graff shows in this lively, fascinating tour through the history of marriage in the West, has always been a social battleground, its rules constantly shifting to fit each era and economy. The marriage debates have been especially tumultuous for the past hundred and fifty years-in ways that lead directly to today's debate over whether marriage could mean not just Boy + Girl = Babies, but also Girl + Girl = Love. E. J. Graff's What Is Marriage For? is the place to start reading for anyone thinking about the words 'lesbian,' 'gay,' and 'marriage' in the same sentence. It's engaging, it's fun, and it puts the lie to those prophets of gloom and doom who think every push for greater equality-whether it be women's suffrage, reproductive rights, or interracial marriage-signals the end of civilization. -Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry A thought-provoking review of the vicissitudes of this ancient institution. -Joseph Glenmullen, Boston Globe A font of fascinating information . . . Graff marshals an array of sources and anecdotes dating back to the ancient Hebrews into a narrative that is . . . vivid and accessible. -Anne Kingston, Toronto Globe and Mail An enlightening romp through the history of marriage in western Europe and the U.S. -Cassandra West, Chicago Tribune E. J. Graff is a journalist and independent scholar whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Nation, The Village Voice, Out, and elsewhere. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center.

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After Graff and her partner held a ceremony celebrating their union, she became urgently determined to place what they had done in the context of modern western civilization. She looks at money, sex, babies, kin, order, and heart. Her account was published in 1999, and has been called up again to serve in the current debate about legal gay marriage in the US. Richard Goldstein has adapted his September 2003 Village Voice article "The Radical Case for Gay Marriage" as a foreword.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the wake of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's historic Goodridge decision, a reissue of the bible of the same-sex marriage movement

Will same-sex couples destroy "traditional" marriage, soon to be followed by the collapse of all civilization? That charge has been leveled throughout history whenever the marriage rules change. But marriage, as E. J. Graff shows in this lively, fascinating tour through the history of marriage in the West, has always been a social battleground, its rules constantly shifting to fit each era and economy. The marriage debates have been especially tumultuous for the past hundred and fifty years-in ways that lead directly to today's debate over whether marriage could mean not just Boy + Girl = Babies, but also Girl + Girl = Love.

About the Author

E. J. Graff is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Ms., Out, and elsewhere. She lives in the Boston area.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807041352
Author:
Graff, E. J.
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Same-sex marriage
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Self-Help/Relationships
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
March 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x .69 in .9938 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In the wake of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's historic Goodridge decision, a reissue of the bible of the same-sex marriage movement

Will same-sex couples destroy "traditional" marriage, soon to be followed by the collapse of all civilization? That charge has been leveled throughout history whenever the marriage rules change. But marriage, as E. J. Graff shows in this lively, fascinating tour through the history of marriage in the West, has always been a social battleground, its rules constantly shifting to fit each era and economy. The marriage debates have been especially tumultuous for the past hundred and fifty years-in ways that lead directly to today's debate over whether marriage could mean not just Boy + Girl = Babies, but also Girl + Girl = Love.

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