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UNHITCHED by Judith Stacey Kirkus Star

UNHITCHED

Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China

By Judith Stacey

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8147-8382-5
Publisher: New York Univ.

A candid unearthing of veiled and inviolable topics related to relationships and marriage.

When considering the pros and cons of entering into a marital bond these days, one must recognize the progression and, in many cases, regression of society regarding relationships. For 10 years, Stacey has conducted research based on this rationale, and her captivating results form the basis of a book that unravels the mysteries behind marital—and nonmarital—relationships of all shapes, sizes and colors. With clear-cut, modern prose, the author infuses her commentary and details her investigation from all sides of the aisle with well-researched facts and figures. Stacey uses gay marriage and polyandrous relationships as a springboard for readers to reflect on the traditional marriage system of one man, one woman, and she turns controversial cultural issues into divisive conjectures. With powerful recognition of “Gay Parenthood and the End of Paternity as We Knew It,” the author directly confronts the taboo subject that can be same-sex relationships and their take on parenthood, running the gamut from gay men desperate to adopt, to those who decline, whom she refers to as “refuseniks.” Stacey provides a comprehensive look at the varying nature of family structures spanning from the United States to southwest China, and she suggests love and marriage are not necessarily blissfully united.

Clever and practical blend of research, history and anecdote.