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Marriage today isn't what it used to be: for better, not for worse. As same-sex weddings are becoming more common, the classic love-story happy ending is taking on a decidedly new twist, everyone has a fresh role to play, and supporters and opponents of gay marriage alike are finding themselves in the midst of a revolution that's redefining marriage--both as a personal choice and as an institution--as we know it.
In Here Come the Brides!, editors Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort gather together the voices of women taking part in--and shaping--this major historical shift. Representing a diversity of points of view in terms of race, class, ethnicity, and gender identification, this collection of essays, stories, and visual images takes a multidimensional look at how opening up the traditional order of "man and wife" to include the possibility of "wife and wife" is altering our social landscape. Fromwedding pictures and images of protest signs to comical anecdotes and sober philosophical analyses, Here Come the Brides! is an exploration of how the legalization of same-sex marriages has irrevocably changed the way lesbians think about their unions and their lives--and a celebration of the dream of lesbian happily-ever-afters.
Audrey Bilger teaches literature, gender studies, and yoga at Claremont McKenna College, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1994. She holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University and received her master's and PhD in English from the University of Virginia. At UVa, she was the Program Coordinator of the Women's Center, and she taught for two years at Oberlin College before coming to Claremont. Bilger is currently the Faculty Director of CMC's Center for Writing and Public Discourse, where she conducts and sponsors workshops on writing and communication. She specializes in gender studies, humor, fiction, queer studies, Jane Austen, and women writers. In addition to publishing two books and articles in academic journals, she has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Paris Review, The Women's Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and ROCKRGRL. Bilger is a regular contributor to Bitch magazine and writes for Ms. magazine and the Ms. blog, where she frequently covers marriage equality issues and LGBT rights.
Michele Kort was born in Los Angeles and has lived her entire life there. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art History and MBA in Arts Management from UCLA. In her twenties, she worked as an administrator for two community art centers, the Woman's Building and the Social and Public Art Resources Center. At age 27 she discovered her calling as a journalist when she worked as Assistant Editor of The Grantsmanship Center NEWS. She later became associate editor of Songwriter magazine. Since then, Kort has been a freelance writer for such publications as Ms., Women's Sports and Fitness, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. Weekly, L.A. Reader, and Redbook, a senior writer for UCLA Magazine, and a senior editor for Living Fit and Fit Pregnancy. She has been the senior editor of Ms. magazine since 2003. Here Come the Brides! is her fourth book.
Library Journal Review
Though there are countless books on LGBT marriage and on lesbian relationships, this is the first anthology that approaches same-sex marriage between women not as a political destination but as a complex cultural phenomenon. Bilger (literature & gender studies, Claremont McKenna Coll.; Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen) and Kort (senior editor, Ms.; Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro) bring together photographs of brides, comics, poetry, and, most of all, personal stories that illustrate the multifaceted world of lesbian marriage. There is real courage in these pages-honest, heartfelt accounts of friends who reject the institution of marriage and families that reject the brides, trans-women's visions of their own walk down the aisle, the bittersweet regrets of lesbian divorcees, and the unabashed joy felt by many women when their right to marry is validated. No lesbian anthology is complete without the voice of lesbian rights pioneer Phyllis Lyon, who married her longtime partner Del Martin in the first gay marriage performed in California. She is interviewed here by National Center for Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell. VERDICT Required reading for all students of civil rights and marriage equality.-Elizabeth Kennedy, Richmond, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.