The Real Threat Behind Same-Sex Marriage

Everyone who keeps saying that same-sex marriage threatens “traditional” marriage is doing two things:

  1. Pissing off every anthropologist, folklorist, and cultural scholar who knows that there’s no such thing as “traditional” marriage, because marriage practices vary in every culture, region, and time period.
  2. Reinforcing the rigid gender roles that modern Western marriages are founded upon.

Because, as Nursing Clio states in this excellent blog post, same-sex marriage is a threat to “traditional” marriage… once you realize that “traditional” marriage means patriarchal marriage, which is hierarchical and gender-essentializing. If you are in favor of things like married women having access to birth control, or single parents making their own parenting decisions, or any number of personal rights issues, then you, too, are a threat to “traditional” marriage as defined above – and you should be proud of it.

About Jeana

Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.