A Young Radical’s View of Marriage

by Amy Littlefield

1. The 2008 findings were part of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

2. Stephanie Coontz, Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage (New York: Penguin Books, 2005) 48.

3. Marlene Dixon, "Why Women’s Liberation? Racism and Male Supremacy".

4. Simone de Beauvoir, trans. H.M. Parshley, The Second Sex (Vintage, 1989) 444.

5. Nancy Cott, "No Objections: What history tells us about remaking marriage," Boston Review January/February 2011.

6. See http://reproductivejustice.org

7. See "One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008," The Pew Center on the States.

8. See http://www.weddedblissinc.com/

9. This is not to say all people in same-sex relationships want to get married. There is a strong and right-minded branch of the queer rights movement that believes marriage, imbued in capitalism, oppression of women and state control is nothing to envy.

10. Jessica Valenti, "My big feminist wedding," The Guardian, April 24, 2009.