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Gay Marriage Hurts My Breasts

Charles Manson and Gay Marriage

November 18, 2014

 

The internet is abuzz with the news that the 80-year-old Charles Manson Manson might be marrying his long-time girlfriend Afton Elaine Burton, who goes by the name “Star.”

 

There is, of course, incredulity all around, but I’m amused by one strand in the commentary that has been showing up: the apparent ridiculousness of the idea that a mass murderer like Charles Manson can marry but gay people still can’t do so in every state.

My Review of Jo Becker's Controversial New Book on Gay Marriage

May 6, 2014

I'm delighted to see my latest in Alternet, a review of the controversial new Jo Becker book,  Forcing the Spring, about the Proposition 8 battle and the history of gay marriage. 

My Review of "The Battle over Marriage" Is Just Out in the Chicago Reader

My review of The Battle Over Marriage: Gay Rights Activism Through the Media, by Leigh Moscowitz is just out in the Chicago Reader.  You can read it here.  

 

 

Previous: "Undocumented" and "Jacobinned" are both out on The North Star.

 

Meanwhile, if you'd like to support my work, please consider making a donation: Any amount is hugely helpful.  While I look really successful on paper, the truth is that freelance cheques are slow to come and I could really do with some extra help. Thanks! 

 

Illinoi's Gay Marriage Disaster: An Autopsy

June 19, 2013

An excerpt:

To ask who was to blame is the easier task, but to understand what happened yields a more complicated picture about not just the failure of mainstream Chicago gays but the failure of the nation-wide marriage campaign.

 

Gay Marriage's Economic Underside

March 26, 2013

The Supreme Court takes up gay marriage this week.  Utterly incapable of understanding or relaying nuance, mainstream media continue with their myopic portrayal of all this as a battle between the goodies and the baddies.  Here, sweet, sad gays who just want to express their love are pitted against evil meanie Rightwing fundamentalists skewering gays and their children for breakfast.

This picture erases the complicated matter of what will happen if the gays win or lose.  We're screwed either way, no matter the outcome.  

The Politics of Storytelling

June 19, 2012

We are not connected by the truth or universality of our experiences because our experiences are not universal.  Instead, we are connected by the systemic links between the oppressions that grind us down.

Gay Marriage Hurts My Breasts

Gay marriage is supposed to help my breasts. The gay marriage movement, in its relentless search for rationales for what is inherently a conservative movement around “normalcy” and acceptance, often makes the case that healthcare is a primary reason to make it legal. In the process, it has created a climate where the most progressive/lefty people, gay and straight, fail to see that healthcare is an economic matter and something that should go to everyone, regardless of their marital status.

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