Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New paper: What Asexuality Contributes to the Same-Sex Marriage Discussion

Scherrer, K. S. (2010). What Asexuality Contributes to the Same-Sex Marriage Discussion. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services,, 22, 56-73

Abstract: While same-sex marriage debates have captured public attention, it is but one component of a broader discussion regarding the role of marriage in a changing society. To inform this discussion, I draw on qualitative, Internet survey data from 102 self-identified asexual individuals. I find that asexual relationships are complicated and nuanced in ways that have implications for a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) political agenda, including same-sex marriage recognition. In addition, findings indicate that assumptions of sex and sexuality in relationships are problematic and that present language for describing relationships is limiting. Findings suggest a social justice agenda for marginalized sexualities should be broader in scope than same-sex marriage.


Ily said...

Wow, I hope this is as interesting as it sounds! Did you get a chance to read it?

ACH said...

Seeing the title, I was rather interested in seeing what direction she was going to go with it. I felt like you had to get a ways into the paper to figure out what direction she was going with her argument, but it does provide an interesting perspective on the matter once you to get towards the end.