Imagining a Different World: Reconsidering the Regulation of Family Lives

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Abstract

Access to marriage or marriage-like institutions, and the recognition of lesbian and gay familial lives more generally, has become central to lesbian and gay equality struggles in recent years. This paper considers what utopian fiction has to offer by way of alternatives to this drive for ever more regulation of the family. Through analysis of Marge Piercy’s classic feminist novel, Woman on the Edge of Time, and Thomas Bezucha’s award-winning gay film, Big Eden, alternative ways of conceptualizing the place of law in lesbian and gay familial lives are considered and explored. Looking to utopia as a method for rethinking the place of law in society offers rich new perspectives on the issue of lesbian and gay familial recognition. I argue that utopian fiction signals that the time is now ripe for a radical reevaluation of how we recognize and regulate not only same-sex relationships but all family forms.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-462
Number of pages22
JournalLaw & Literature
Publication statusPublished - 2010