The Cultural and Economic Injustices of Marriage Discrimination: Book Review of Nicola Barker, Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage

Canadian Journal of Family Law, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2014 Last revised: 23 Oct 2014

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Gillian Calder

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 10, 2014

Abstract

The author uses a play-reading undertaken by law students as the vehicle for exploring this text which marries a compelling and careful telling of the story of the Western idea of marriage to a powerful feminist critique of the march to inclusion. The author argues that this text is both a critique of same-sex marriage, and a refreshing look at how voices of queer legal theorists are essential for a transformative and transgressive rethinking of family idelogies. The author argues that the powerful messages of the book complemented the diverse student learnings in myriad and unexpected ways.

Keywords: marriage, sexualities, legal education, same-sex marriage, feminist critique

JEL Classification: J71; J12; J16

Suggested Citation

Calder, Gillian, The Cultural and Economic Injustices of Marriage Discrimination: Book Review of Nicola Barker, Not the Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage (October 10, 2014). Canadian Journal of Family Law, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2508400

Gillian Calder (Contact Author)

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