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What Is Marriage For? : The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution

ISBN-10: 0807041351
ISBN-13: 9780807041352
Edition: 2004
Authors: E. J. Graff
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 3/18/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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

Foreword: The Radical Case for Gay Marriage
Introduction
Money
Exchanging It: The Marriage Market
Making It: The Working Marriage
Being It or Being Without It: Slaves and Paupers
Keeping It: Ain't Nobody's Business If I Say "I Do"
Keeping It: What's His Is His and What's Hers Is ... Whose?
Ignoring It: Can't Buy Me Love
Sharing It: So Who Needs Marriage?
Sex
Christians Reject Marriage
Reproducing: Is It a Marriage ... Or Is It a Brothel?
The Protestants Rebel against Celibacy
Heart and Soul v. Womb and Sperm
Intimate to the Degree of Being Sacred
Babies
What Makes a Family?
What Do We Do about Those Little Bastards?
Will the "Real" Parent Please Stand Up: Mother, Father, Other?
Why Have Kids?
Should Lesbians and Gay Men Be Parents?
Kin
Marrying Out: Barricading the Tribe
Marrying In: Protecting the Family
Marrying Early and Marrying Often: Polygamy
Marrying Everyone: Utopians
Order
Inside Out or Outside In: Who Says You're Married?
Living Together: Is It Marriage Yet?
Remember the Ladies: Who Runs the Marriage?
Heart
Dissent: Untying the Knot, or When Can You Say "I Don't"?
Consent: Tying the Knot, or Who Can Say "I Do"?
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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