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What Is Marriage For? - E. J. Graff

What Is Marriage For?

Paperback Published: 18th March 2004
ISBN: 9780807041352
Number Of Pages: 303

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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.

Industry Reviews

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

Foreword: The Radical Case for Gay Marriagep. ix
Introductionp. xvii
Moneyp. 1
Exchanging It: The Marriage Marketp. 4
Making It: The Working Marriagep. 11
Being It or Being Without It: Slaves and Paupersp. 16
Keeping It: Ain't Nobody's Business If I Say "I Do"p. 21
Keeping It: What's His Is His and What's Hers Is ... Whose?p. 26
Ignoring It: Can't Buy Me Lovep. 34
Sharing It: So Who Needs Marriage?p. 36
Sexp. 53
Christians Reject Marriagep. 55
Reproducing: Is It a Marriage ... Or Is It a Brothel?p. 59
The Protestants Rebel against Celibacyp. 64
Heart and Soul v. Womb and Spermp. 69
Intimate to the Degree of Being Sacredp. 82
Babiesp. 88
What Makes a Family?p. 92
What Do We Do about Those Little Bastards?p. 99
Will the "Real" Parent Please Stand Up: Mother, Father, Other?p. 105
Why Have Kids?p. 113
Should Lesbians and Gay Men Be Parents?p. 117
Kinp. 145
Marrying Out: Barricading the Tribep. 148
Marrying In: Protecting the Familyp. 160
Marrying Early and Marrying Often: Polygamyp. 168
Marrying Everyone: Utopiansp. 177
Orderp. 191
Inside Out or Outside In: Who Says You're Married?p. 193
Living Together: Is It Marriage Yet?p. 209
Remember the Ladies: Who Runs the Marriage?p. 215
Heartp. 227
Dissent: Untying the Knot, or When Can You Say "I Don't"?p. 229
Consent: Tying the Knot, or Who Can Say "I Do"?p. 241
Conclusionp. 249
Notesp. 254
Selected Bibliographyp. 278
Acknowledgmentsp. 292
Indexp. 294
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ISBN: 9780807041352
ISBN-10: 0807041351
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 303
Published: 18th March 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43