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I Do/I Don't: Queers on Marriage Paperback – September 17, 2004
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From the Publisher
Winner of the 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction Anthology.
About the Author
Ian Philips is the editor in chief (and mama bear) of Suspect Thoughts Press. He is also the author of two collections of literotica: Satyriasis and the Lambda Literary Award-winning See Dick Deconstruct. On February 19, 2004, he married heartthrob author-publisher Greg Wharton in San FranciscoÂs City Hall. On August 12, 2004, the California State Supreme Court annulled their marriage. He is uncertain whether this annulment, like Henry VIII's in days of old, means he is also a virgin once more. He's having a hard time distinguishing, let alone separating, church from state these days. Greg Wharton is the publisher of Suspect Thoughts Press. He is the author of the collection Johnny Was & Other Tall Tales and the editor of numerous other anthologies including the Lambda Literary Award Finalist The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Essays on Queer Desire and Sexuality. He lives in San Francisco with his brilliant and sexy husband Ian Philips, a cat named Chloe, and a lot of books.
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I am not queer by any conventional definition. I am married (to a woman).
I do have an interest in the contemporary conception of marriage, one that is in no way broached by the political debate, but which is approached in an interesting way by the diverse opinions of marriage held by the gay community. The questions: what is marriage, and what does it mean to be married, are central issues in this text, and the numerous responses, especially from those for whom the idea of marriage is new, begin to paint an interesting and humane answer that is wholly different than anything else I have read on the subject. I think a lot of people with political intentions towards marriage could learn something by reading this book... if they could look past the apparently prepoliticized subtitle. Based on my own fairly conventional experience of marriage, my less conventional contribution to this book, and my ongoing curiousity regarding ideas that are often taken for granted, I recommend this book as an almost apolitical examination of a hot button cultural topic.
-- By the way, I would have preferred the book credited the editors as, "thoughtfully unedited by..." Part of what makes this book worth anything is that there are nearly 200 voices present, and nearly no discernable sculpting of the overall message. In my experience, you won't find that anywhere else.