Ryan Conrad Yasmin Nair Martha Jane Kaufman Katie Miles Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Kate Bornstein Eric Stanley Dean Spade
Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage
August 09, 2019 Comments.. 774
Against Equality Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage While what feels like the entirety of the gay and lesbian movement is marching in unison towards some vague notion of equality the Against Equality collective has been quietly assembling a digital ar

  • Title: Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage
  • Author: Ryan Conrad Yasmin Nair Martha Jane Kaufman Katie Miles Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Kate Bornstein Eric Stanley Dean Spade
  • ISBN: 9780615392684
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • While what feels like the entirety of the gay and lesbian movement is marching in unison towards some vague notion of equality, the Against Equality collective has been quietly assembling a digital archive to document the critical resistance to the politics of inclusion This pocket sized book of archival texts lays out some of the historical foundations of queer resistancWhile what feels like the entirety of the gay and lesbian movement is marching in unison towards some vague notion of equality, the Against Equality collective has been quietly assembling a digital archive to document the critical resistance to the politics of inclusion This pocket sized book of archival texts lays out some of the historical foundations of queer resistance to the gay marriage mainstream alongside contemporary inter subjective critiques that deal directly with issues of race, class, gender, citizenship, age, ability, and In portable book form, the critical conversations that are happening so readily on the internet will no longer be withheld from those with little to no online access like queer and trans prisoners, people of low income, rural folks and the technologically challenged Contributors include Kate Bornstein, Eric Stanley, Dean Spade, Craig Willse, Kenyon Farrow, Kate Raphael, Deeg, John D Emilio, Ryan Conrad, Yasmin Nair, Martha Jane Kaufman, Katie Miles, and Mattilda Bernstein Syca Against Equality makes the powerful argument that same sex marriage is an essentially conservative cause, an effort to prop up a fundamentally unfair system As an alternative, it offers us the inspiring vision of a truly radical queer politics, devoted to attacking injustice, not just allowing a few gay people to benefit from it Walter Benn Michaels, The Trouble with Diversity How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality Rather than being merely anti marriage, the book deliberately articulates multiple alternative visions such as building and valuing our own grassroots familial networks of accountability thus edging us closer to true equality, or dare I say liberation, celebrating our differences as queers Jessica Max Stein Make Shift Magazine A powerful, moving read from a side often overlooked by mainstream society A must read for anyone for or against gay marriage Steve Mason California State Inmate Queer Librarian This Anthology brings to light that a venomous black and white rhetorical split has developed on gay marriage The dichotomous engagement with the issue is damaging to the cohesion of the GLBTQ community and stops discussions short This collection offers valuable, if controversial, much needed nuance to a radically fractured debate Ericka Steckle Bitch Magazine

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    1. Bryan Ball says:

      Life is far too short than to waste time reading allegedly intellectual garbage like this

    2. Stefani says:

      I don'tt it. So, LGBT people should not support gay marriage because by doing so they are promoting a conservative cause.wait, what? What the hell does marriage and equal rights under the laws of this land have to do with Republicans?I'd be much more impressed if this book addressed the issue this way: Gay marriage, straight marriage, none of it matters. Why should the government be involved in ANY of our relationships? Why should it be the government's business who ANY of us want to marry? Isn' [...]

    3. Amber Lea says:

      I feel like the writers in this book misunderstand a lot. There's this common "either/or" argument running throughout all these essays that if you're for gay marriage you're against everything else worth fighting ford therefore you're a classist, racist, transphobic a-hole. I think you can be for gay marriage and still give a shit about poor people and poly people and people of color and genderqueers and everyone else.And let me clarify that I have no intention to ever get married and I have man [...]

    4. Amelia says:

      Man, what a refreshing read. I have a lot of thoughts about it, and will probably blog about it in length later, but there were some seriously bold and brave (and correct!) essays in here. The short version of my reaction to this book is this:Marriage has always made me feel weird. Realizing that I'm gay hasn't changed that, and I haven't been entirely behind the gay marriage movement as a result. But it's been hard for me to articulate why that is, exactly-- probably because all the liberals in [...]

    5. Emma says:

      this was so easy to power through!! a whole bunch of righteous and unapologetically brutal critiques of gaystream marriage campaigns. it was refreshing to read succinct and accessible rants that progress (relatively) logically to condemn the reformist, civil-rights appropriative and privilege-consolidating arguments for gay marriage. these are campaigns that have cost the GLBTQ community and its allies A LOT over the past decade in the U.S. - in terms of time, money and also in terms of the seve [...]

    6. Wendy says:

      Last night, in an attempt to finish all the books I've begun by the end of the year, I finished this thing called Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage. One essay was quite outstanding, a couple were good, many made some good points, and some were so fucking obnoxious that I not only want to kill the book by slow, painful, controlled fire, but also rip it into shreds and hear it scream, then throw it from a mountaintop into a raging river, only to have it reincarnate just so I can ki [...]

    7. Liz says:

      I am kind of hostile to this whole thing because being radically anti-marriage actually is the mainstream position in my social circles, and I guess I'm feeling a personal backlash to the backlash. I get frustrated because I kind of agree but think it's a bit of a misdirection of energy. why not spend your time actually working on the issues you think we should prioritise over marriage? working to dismantle the border or the prison industrial complex or get universal health care, rather than wri [...]

    8. Amanda says:

      This book is fantastic and extremely accessible. Most of the essays were originally published on blogs. The essays discuss the authors' very practical objections to same-sex marriage. Generally, they argue that marriage is a historically fucked up institution that shouldn't have legal privileges attached to it. Because most of the privileges marriage confers tend to benefit (or are only accessible to) middle class queers, the authors don't see same-sex marriage as being a benefit to a majority o [...]

    9. E says:

      I wanted to like this book much more than I did. As a historical document about a particular moment in the marriage frenzy of gay America, it's pretty good. As a political text that addresses marriage abolition in transnational or philosophical terms it was very uneven and unsatisfying, primarily because several of the arguments against gay marriage become null when applied to stronger welfare states. Opposing marriage because you think everyone should have universal healthcare makes sense if yo [...]

    10. Bryan says:

      Presents essential dissenting viewpoints on what is now an even bigger debate (if that was possible). Kenyon Farrow’s essay is particularly stand out in its analysis of the perceived divide between GLBTQ and African American communities. I have two dissenting points of my own: 1) if you frame your policy position with the language “against equality” you are not making it any easier on yourself; 2) perhaps a position against marriage is the minority one in both queer and hetero communities. [...]

    11. Amy P. says:

      It's so nice to hear queer voices bringing up logical arguments against gay marriage. This book is full of short vignettes featuring writings from different sources. Some of the vignettes are well researched, and some verge on the side of polemics. However, all the writings give thought provoking arguments of why gay marriage is not the fight that all queers are behind.

    12. Gaetano Venezia says:

      A decent introduction to the shortcomings of the marriage equality movement. However, the first few essays seemed to raise many of the same concerns with little support or explication.——MJ Kaufman and Katie Miles——"…the consequences of the fight for legal inclusion [of same-sex couples] in the marriage structure are terrifying. We're seeing queer communities fractured as one model of family is being hailed and accepted as the norm, and we are seeing queer families and communities ignor [...]

    13. Mock Shark says:

      Amazing - I never thought I was super brainwashed by conservative white gay agenda - but I was. I will never support HRC or gay marriage ever again. This totally 180ed my thinking and I think these essays will do the same for you. Reallly great - short to the point, and most importantly from a diverse pool of queers who are standing up and not just accepting status quo and what sounds right. So good! I recommend everyone read this - queer and queer allies

    14. Greta says:

      Some of the essays resonated with me more than others, but all raised interesting critiques that I hadn't thought of before about the marriage equality movement, gays serving in the military, and hate crime classifications. It could be hard to get past the way the tone of the writing could often make the reader feel attacked, but writers shouldn't have to pander to readers' sensitivity to get their point across, so I tried to be objective and stick with it.

    15. Brandon says:

      This quick and dirty little tome provides a much-needed intervention in the hopelessly polarizing and, frankly, distracting gay marriage debate (hardly even a debate these days, with most Americans resigned to the inevitable triumph of same-sex matrimony). As it's popularly portrayed, gay marriage is the cause of freedom-loving progressives everywhere while opposition to it is an archaic position reserved for right-wing, fundamentalist dinosaurs. This unhelpful binary has kept us from having dee [...]

    16. Ryan Coleman says:

      Absolutely, positively, in a complicated, frustrating, glorious, visceral way, essential.

    17. firesandwords says:

      This book is pretty good. I've read most, but not all of the essays in it. It offers a number of essays by a handful of authors critiquing gay marriage as a priority for the queer/lgbtq movements. it deconstructs the common reasoning behind gay marriage as THE goal of queer communities and how that goal reinforces state recognition, state intervention in our relationships, heteronormativity, the nuclear family (and therefore capitalism), as well as marginalizing trans people, non-mongogamous rel [...]

    18. David Teachout says:

      I actually didn't read this for a while simply because I knew my easy view of gay rights and the social change involved with it would be challenged. Once I started though, I couldn't stop. While at times amusing, particularly when reading an article that declares the push to legalize marriage equality is failing (it was written before the string of victories), the overall message is one of expanding a view of social justice and community involvement beyond isolated projects. This expansion means [...]

    19. Kathleen O'Neal says:

      In this excellent first volume in the Against Equality series, LGBTQ writers explore the ways in which an excessive focus on marriage among mainstream LGBT leaders has often obscured the patriarchal roots of the institution, failed to critique the problems with using marriage as a way to allocate benefits to individuals in lieu of a strong social safety net, contributed to not entirely benign assimilationist tendencies within queer culture, and failed to recognize value in a diverse variety of h [...]

    20. Addy says:

      Two stars = it was okay.The essays within range in quality to an astonishing degree and push this from 3.5-ish to 2 stars. Several essays are poorly reasoned but have some excellent thoughts; two essays are very well executed and deserve your thoughtful attention.The idea behind this volume is great. There aren't enough voices involved in setting the national agenda and there are some decent arguments to be made for why gay marriage shouldn't be a part of that agenda at all or that it should be [...]

    21. COME_TO_THE_DARK_SIDE says:

      It talks about the holy trinity of pragmatic gay politics: marriage, gays in the military, and hate crime legislation. One important argument which I agree with is that organizations that focus on gay marriage often exclude more egalitarian campaigns.Some essays were good, but others were a bit offensive. For example, it gives off the vibe that if you support gay marriage, you are a racist, classist, etc. It also implies that all queers are the same.

    22. Sarah says:

      One of the first collections I've come across from the perspective of the TRUE left - those asking the important questions like, "Why oh WHY are we pushing for the 'right' to be included in an inherently patriarchal, homophobic, capitalist institution [i.e. marriage] instead of working to change the damn institution itself?!" An AMAZING collection from some amazing writers, activists & thinkers.

    23. 6655321 says:

      This book is really more of a 4 star collection but because most of the material collected within is freely available online (even if the book is a pretty good deal at 8 bux, and a few pieces are slightly modified)which makes me err more towards "this is good but not great collection"

    24. Sky says:

      I liked it. It felt like a series of glancing blows at a titanic issue that reaches beyond queer politics. It's worth a look for anyone who cares about the issue, and it's designed for friendly (non-homophobic) people to understand the need to refocus their energy for supporting queer community.

    25. Dana Lee says:

      It wasn't so much the writing style that made me like this but the challenges to my thinking that happened. It is written from an American standpoint, so being Canadian I didn't find all of the arguments relevant.

    26. Emily says:

      Some great essays, and some blog posts I could have done without. Though I didn't agree with every argument, I agreed with many of them. And this little volume definitely offered some food for thought.

    27. Steph Mclean says:

      I am still digesting this one.

    28. Colin says:

      give this to yr mom/dad/square coworker next time they ask what yer goddamned problem w/ gay marriage is

    29. Jean Hardy says:

      Definitely a must read. Brings so much to the table that isn't talked about within the mainstream "left."

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