Readership: Scholars and students of Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Gender Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies
Cheshire Calhoun, Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Acting Chair, University of Louisville
"Are romantic love and sexual attraction the essence of lesbianism? Is legal recognition for same-sex marriage and parenting essential to justice for lesbians and gay men? Cheshire Calhoun answers YES to both questions, and she defends both conclusions subtly and rigorously. Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet has ignited productive controversy. This, I think, is the highest praise anyone can give a work of social theory." - Professor Diana T Meyers, University of Connecticut
"This book offers new insights into such major philosophical issues as the relationship of lesbian to feminist theory and such major practical ones as the case for same-sex marriage. An excellent text for LGBT studies, Women's Studies, and Contemporary Moral Issues courses. Equally accessible to LGBT activists and other interested ethical or political theorists. Beautifully
written, scrupulously argued, certain to become a classic!
" - Professor Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin
"In this book, Cheshire Calhoun, one of the pre-eminent ethical theorists of our day, turns her careful, creative and analytical mind to a set of questions concerning lesbian and gay rights. Calhoun boldly challenges several central and widely-accepted theoretical and practical claims, most significantly, the applicability of feminist theory to theorizing lesbians and gay men and their social and legal positions and struggles.
" - Professor Edward Stein, Cardozo School of Law
1: Introduction: Centering Sexual Orientation Politics
2: Separating Lesbian Theory from Feminist Theory
3: The Gender Closet
4: The Shape of Lesbian and Gay Subordination
5: Defending Marriage
6: Constructing Lesbians and Gay Men and Family's Outlaws