Friday 6 December 2019

The radical feminist potential of civil partnerships

Civil partnerships have enormous feminist potential: They avoid the special-day sexism of many weddings, formalise a relationship of equals, and give the parties rhetorical leverage whenever there's creeping gender inequality. 
But they've also kick-started a public conversation about the need for cohabitation law reform to ensure social policy keeps up with the reality of modern families. And, perhaps most importantly, by ending the unrivalled position of marriage, they widen the space for deeper discussions about giving legal recognition to other types of personal and caring relationships, such as those between friends, siblings and co-parents, as well as alternative sexual relationships.
Read my op-ed in iNews if you want to know more!