I was pretty disturbed when Steinem listed this in her list of wishes in celebration of her 75th birthday. It is one thing she’d like to see in the next 25 years.
I want any two adults to be able to marry-as long as they don’t hit each other.
There are so many things wrong with this sentence!
Here are a few that came to my mind – feel free to add more in the comments:
- It ignores the reality of non-physical abuse, which can be just as devastating, sometimes more so, as physical abuse.
- Why two adults? Yes, I know, polyarmory is a dirty word now but when did that ever stop feminists?!?
- She is ignoring and devaluing any other relationship. How about wishing that our society equally values every relationship that we as human beings value?
I am deeply disturbed that the poster-woman of American feminism is forgetting so many of us in her quest to be normal, which apparently is a rather strong influence in the feminist movement as well, just like it has turned the queer movement into the marriage-equality movement.