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McGleughlin, J. (2008). Can a Diamond Ever Be Gay?. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 9(2):184-205.

(2008). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 9(2):184-205

Can a Diamond Ever Be Gay?

Jade McGleughlin, L.I.C.S.W. (With Sue Hyde)

This article is a first-person narrative/reflection that explores the contradictions and paradoxes of a personal decision to marry in light of a political critique that recognizes and names the ways that marriage creates and replicates stultifying and restrictive notions of normalcy. The author grapples with her own ambivalences: support for the critique of marriage's power to define normal and its simultaneous marginalization of anyone living outside its construct on the one hand, and an understanding of the ways we remain deeply psychologically tied to the social structures that shape our own longings and desires. Within the context of a political movement to protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry, the author articulates a wish for a radically transformed culture that decouples social legitimacy and economic benefits from family structure or choices. Can a feminist queer activist and psychoanalyst have everything?

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