Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A brilliant article on gay marriage, by Yasmin Nair...

While the gay and lesbian community is widely seen as a liberal/progressive one, its rhetoric around marriage often mirrors the discourse of the Right on the need for marriage as a stabilising force. Gay marriage activists have taken to deploying the strategies of the Right in asserting that marriage is necessary to cure a host of ills, for instance even going so far as to claim that not having marriage increases the social stigma faced by the children of gay couples. But surely we live in an age where the children of unmarried straight people are not considered “bastards,” and are not disallowed from inheriting property or from receiving parental and state support because their parents were not married. In such claims to moral standards, gay marriage advocacy hearkens back to the conservatism of the 1950s and earlier eras. It’s this conservatism that allows for a blinkered distraction from the other, and more pressing, issues that face queers who are not, after all, immune from the ravages of the world.


Here's the rest...

8 comments:

mixedqueer said...

here's a dream of mine: you, yasmin, alex, tobi, and bill perdue pasta dinner party at my place.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Sounds delicious -- maybe not pasta, though (wheat allergy) -- how about roasted vegetables and a tempeh stirfry?

Love --
mattilda

Yasmin Nair said...

I'm up for dinner - roasted vegetables and tempeh sound delicious. And fresh summer fruit for dessert...

Thanks so much for posting this, Mattilda!

Love,
Yasmin

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Oh now I'm getting hungry :)

And thank you, my dear...

Love --
mattilda

Adam Britt :o said...

Sigh. Yasmin. So much love.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

:)

mixedqueer said...

oo ok gf dinner, roasted zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, onions, and carrots; lemon garlic couve (kale); tempeh, water chestnut, bean sprouts, julienne carrots stirfry in a gingery sauce with a little kick; wild rice; big salad with pieces of mango, olive oil and salt and herbs of bordeux.

and vegan chocolate cake with raspberry sauce for desert.

i'm hungry, can you tell?

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Oh, yummy -- I just ate, but now I feel like I didn't really eat...

Love --
mattilda