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Queering Marriage: The Homoradical and Anti-Normativity

Maine, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0962-750X (2021). Queering Marriage: The Homoradical and Anti-Normativity. Laws, 11(1), article number 1. doi: 10.3390/laws11010001


This article explores ‘bad’ sex in an age of same-sex marriage, through an analysis of the ‘homoradical’ as a rejection of both hetero and homo-normativities. Drawing on qualitative data from 29 LGBTQ interviewees, the article considers resistance to the discursive privileging of same-sex marriage in the context of Gayle Rubin’s theories of respectability and sexual hierarchies. These hierarchies constitute a ‘charmed circle’ of accepted sexual practices which are traditionally justified by marriage, procreation and/or love. It examines non-normative sexuality through the example of the lived experiences of non-normative, anti-assimilationist identities, particularly non-monogamy, public sex, and kink sex, showing how the ‘homoradical’ deviates from the normative practices that same-sex marriage reinforces.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Publisher Keywords: same-sex marriage; sexuality; queer theory; heteronormativity; homonormativity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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