Same-Sex Marriage: The Value of Buy-In


« Moreover, the bar for male allies has been set tremendously low. In contrast to the sacrifices, acts of bravery and daily fights women and LGBTQ people are expected to take on to achieve equality and justice, men are asked simply not to buy people, physically abuse people, or rape. » — Language of Dude Feminism

J.A. McCarroll’s insightful essay examines the benefits and the shortcomings of The Real Men Don’t Buy Girls campaign and the My Strength is Not for Hurting campaign, yet one aspect that deserves more attention is the value of buy-in.


Twelve years ago, domestic partnerships for same-sex couples were becoming law in progressive states as a compromise when public consensus thought same-sex marriage went too far. There were those on the left who argued that domestic partnership laws still relegated same-sex couples to second class status. In 2002, that line of reasoning was out of step with…

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