There are many important implications to the California marriage ruling, but my particular concern is with the implications of this decision in terms of the function of marriage in a neo-liberal context. Having spent a couple of years doing ethnographic work with marriage equality activists and analyzing state court decisions, legislative hearings, and policy briefs regarding same-sex marriage, I have amassed a great deal of evidence to confidently argue that the constitutional “freedom to marry” is a neo-liberal wolf in culturally progressive sheep’s clothing. Before you write this off as a party-pooping, Debbie Downer rant by some over-educated queer who is never really satisfied with small steps toward intimate freedom, I urge you to keep reading so you can find answers to the following questions.Read the rest of Marriage as a neo-liberal wolf.
Jaye Cee Whitehead
Jaye Cee Whitehead is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pacific University. She received her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California-Berkeley in 2007. Her areas of interest include feminist studies, sociology of the family, governmentality, and sex-essentialism.