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Redefining marriage: London style
Henry VIII redefined marriage by creating a church that allowed divorce. Others redefined marriage by prohibiting the polygamy of the Mormons (and most of the Bible).
Isn't intimacy a social institution -- being redefined constantly by changes in society (birth control! women working outside the hom. Urban work replacing farm labor. And more.)
Doesn't the privileged access to nannies and domestic workers (and sex workers) "redefine marriage"?
Isn't prostitution (and the institution of unofficial "mistress" second wives) an integral part of "traditional marriage" as it has existed in real life?
Why wouldn't we "redefine marriage"? And if we did, what would we imagine (beyond the simple extension of bourgeois legal rights and property rights to same sex couples)? Is liberation of the poor and the despised possible without quite radical changes in intimacy?