Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage

Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage

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by Audrey Bilger
     
 

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Marriage today isn’t what it used to be: for better, not for worse. As same-sex weddings are becoming more common, the classic love-story happy ending is taking on a decidedly new twist, everyone has a fresh role to play, and supporters and opponents of gay marriage alike are finding themselves in the midst of a revolution that’s redefining marriage

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Marriage today isn’t what it used to be: for better, not for worse. As same-sex weddings are becoming more common, the classic love-story happy ending is taking on a decidedly new twist, everyone has a fresh role to play, and supporters and opponents of gay marriage alike are finding themselves in the midst of a revolution that’s redefining marriage—both as a personal choice and as an institution—as we know it.

In Here Come the Brides!, editors Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort gather together the voices of women taking part in—and shaping—this major historical shift. Representing a diversity of points of view in terms of race, class, ethnicity, and gender identification, this collection of essays, stories, and visual images takes a multidimensional look at how opening up the traditional order of “man and wife” to include the possibility of “wife and wife” is altering our social landscape. From wedding pictures and images of protest signs to comical anecdotes and sober philosophical analyses, Here Come the Brides! is an exploration of how the legalization of same-sex marriages has irrevocably changed the way lesbians think about their unions and their lives—and a celebration of the dream of lesbian happily-ever-afters.

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Library Journal
Though there are countless books on LGBT marriage and on lesbian relationships, this is the first anthology that approaches same-sex marriage between women not as a political destination but as a complex cultural phenomenon. Bilger (literature & gender studies, Claremont McKenna Coll.; Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen) and Kort (senior editor, Ms.; Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro) bring together photographs of brides, comics, poetry, and, most of all, personal stories that illustrate the multifaceted world of lesbian marriage. There is real courage in these pages—honest, heartfelt accounts of friends who reject the institution of marriage and families that reject the brides, trans-women's visions of their own walk down the aisle, the bittersweet regrets of lesbian divorcees, and the unabashed joy felt by many women when their right to marry is validated. No lesbian anthology is complete without the voice of lesbian rights pioneer Phyllis Lyon, who married her longtime partner Del Martin in the first gay marriage performed in California. She is interviewed here by National Center for Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell. VERDICT Required reading for all students of civil rights and marriage equality.—Elizabeth Kennedy, Richmond, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580053921
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,341,980
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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