Social Justice and the Language of Same-Sex Marriage

Julie Whitlow, English, and Patricia Ould, sociology, discuss their research on various terms that married gay men and lesbians use to refer to and introduce each other. They explore the complexities of language use that comes with navigating various social situation, including avoiding reference to their relationships for reasons such as uncertainty, fear, homophobia, or protecting the feelings of others. In addition, they will explore and open for discussion the fact that same-sex marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for almostĀ nine years, same-sex couples still face myriad ways that their marriages are not always "equal."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 1:30 PM
Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room

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