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Same-Sex Marriage, Context, and Lesbian Identity: Wedded but Not Always a Wife (Hardback)
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Same-Sex Marriage, Context, and Lesbian Identity: Wedded but Not Always a Wife (Hardback)

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Hardback 202 Pages / Published: 20/08/2015
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This book shows how the first lesbians to marry in the United States are using or avoiding the word wife at this historic juncture when the definition of marriage is undergoing a shift. It will interest the LGBTQ community and its allies, political activists, feminists, and scholars of sociology, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and gender.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498516983
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Whitlow and Ould make the important point that context and situation often determine what language married lesbians use to describe themselves. * Gay and Lesbian Review *
This fascinating book explores one of the most complicated words around-"wife"-and uses that word to learn how lesbian couples and their friends and family are adapting to marriage. -- M.V. Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts Amherst, author of 'When Gay People Get Married'
Whitlow and Ould's cutting edge in-depth linguistic research with lesbians in same-sex marriages captures an important moment in lesbian feminist history. In crisp prose and with lively story-telling, they capture the fear, excitement, and challenges of breaking linguistic barriers in terms of what we lesbians call our spouses. Linguistic risk-taking is shaping a more equal world. -- Patricia Gozemba, co-author of Courting Equality: A History of America's First Same-Sex Marriages

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