Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West by Judith Stacey

By Judith Stacey

Judith Stacey, 2012 winner of the Simon and Gagnon Lifetime success Award provided through the yankee Sociological Association.
A prime professional at the relatives, Judith Stacey is understood for her provocative learn on mainstream concerns. discovering herself impatient with more and more calcified positions taken within the interminable wars over same-sex marriage, divorce, fatherlessness, marital constancy, and so on, she struck out to profile strange cultures of latest love, marriage, and relations values from around the globe.
Built on bracing unique learn that spans homosexual men’s intimacies and parenting during this nation to plural and non-marital sorts of relations in South Africa and China, Unhitched decouples the taken without any consideration relationships among love, marriage, and parenthood. Countering the one-size-fits-all imaginative and prescient of kinfolk values, Stacey deals readers a full of life, in-person advent to those much less generic kinds of intimacy and family members and to the social, political, and financial stipulations that buttress and batter them.

Through compelling tales of genuine households navigating inescapable own and political trade-offs among hope and domesticity, the ebook undermines well known convictions approximately kinfolk, gender, and sexuality hung on the left, correct, and heart. taking over prejudices of either conservatives and feminists, Unhitched poses a strong empirical problem to the assumption that the nuclear family—whether directly or gay—is the one, most sensible approach to meet our wishes for intimacy and care. Stacey calls on voters and policy-makers to make their peace with the truth that family members variety is right here to stay.

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It turned out that, once again, his desires had inspired an international migration. While on a business trip to Mumbai in 2007, he had met and fallen in love with Akroor, a beautiful, much younger, closeted gay Indian man. Ever the passionate romantic, Shawn six months later had secured a work visa and moved with his landscape and floral design business to the teeming South Asian metropolis. I was fortunate enough to be able to make a site visit to the besotted, blissful couple when I made my own first visit to India in January 2009↜渀—↜渀in order to attend a wedding, of course!

Ten years into what had become a committed, but sexually open, relationship between the couple, Randolph’s lover had shocked him by deciding to undergo male-to-female sex-reassignment surgery. Randolph reported feeling traumatized by this turn of events and that the couple’s relationship had foundered. They separated for more than a year while his lover was transitioning from male to female. After the transition, however, Randolph had recognized that his love for the person transcended the discomfort he felt over the gender switch and the impact it had on his own strong homoerotic sexual preference.

22 Although anonymous gay sexual encounters do not ordinarily lead to conjugal coupling, they sometimes spark “strong healthy” friendships that evolve into kin-like ties. Through such side effects of casual sex, Randolph had met his close friend and gardener, “Mr. Baldwin”; Dino had acquired, at first temporary and later his long-term lodging, employment, and familial support; and Mikey had repeatedly found refuge from Hollywood’s mean streets. Thus, even when a gay man ostensibly is “only looking for the most satisfying orgasm” he can get, sexual cruising allows him to find a whole lot more.

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